Sometimes the description of an irritated, grumpy person who didn’t get his way about something is “he has a knot in his tail.” Whenever I hear that description it makes me cringe just thinking about the pain. Ouch! I don’t even have a tail, but can imagine. . .
My grandson learned early that if he could pinch the water hose, it would stop the water flow. He thought it fun to do when we watered flowers. If the hose went around the corner and I temporarily disappeared, he would kink the hose just for the fun of it. He was about three years old the first time he did it to me. He laughed and laughed because he would quickly unkink the hose as soon as he saw me coming. Well, that is just mischief and all in fun.
What happens when our plans are kinked? Can we be flexible and find a way around the change, or does that kink cause emotional struggle that is difficult to overcome. If we don’t overcome through flexibility, we will be like the man described above: a person with a knot in the tail.
Sometimes what seems a simple annoyance sparks anger that stirs strife—strife that leads to words spoken are lived with regret for a long time.
So what brought this topic to mind for me to express? One: the advertisement for the kinkless water hose. It made me think of a kinkless life. That will never happen. Two: the verse I read in Proverbs 15 recently. Verse 18, like many of the proverbs shows contrast. “A wrathful man stirreth up strife; but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.”
Don’t allow those kinks along your life journey to ruin something needlessly. Satan loves to kink our flow of God’s love to others. Don’t let him win.