Mysterious Ways: A Rope of Hope

There was something in our church craft cabinet…something I’d never seen in there before.

By Sandi Sebak Bean, Bottineau, North Dakota

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I walked over to our church’s craft cabinet, hoping to find some project ideas for kids. In just a few days my husband, Daniel, and I would be taking a mission trip to help the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota build a new church and we’d need some fun things to do with the families.

I’d barely opened the door when a long piece of thick rope flew out, landing at my feet. The rest of it was tangled up inside the cabinet—it had to be at least 10 or 12 feet long!

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“Where did this come from?” I wondered aloud. I often used the crafts in there for my Sunday school class, but I’d never seen a rope! I wound it up and threw it back inside, pulling out markers, glue and some puppets. A few minutes later the rope fell out again. I flung it in the far corner of the cabinet, continuing to fill my plastic travel container with supplies. Flop! A piece of the rope fell out once more. Aggravated, I shoved it under a jar of paint on the top shelf.

Finally, I finished up and shut the cabinet door. Or at least I tried to shut the door. It wouldn’t close! You guessed it…the rope was in the way. Might as well take this with me too, I thought, throwing it in the container. Maybe the kids can use it as a jump rope.

The trip went even better than we’d hoped. On our last day, I was teaching some children how to make Popsicle stick picture frames while other volunteers helped the tribe erect a teepee near the church to represent the Crow Creek culture. That’s when one of our team members walked over looking frustrated.

“What’s wrong?” I asked him.

“Well, it’s important that we get this teepee finished for the tribe before we leave tomorrow,” he said. “But we can’t get the frame up. I’ve asked everyone around here for help, but no one has what we need.”

“Maybe I can help,” I said.

“I doubt it,” he said. “Unless you’ve got about 12 feet of sturdy rope.”

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Good story. Frustrations can have their benefits. Keeping that in mind...

I really need some prayer from my Faith family. I need to go to church. I need to be a useful member in a family of believers with BIG faith, with an inspirational faith. I need to find a church, accept them and be accepted. I don't want ill health barriers to.arise stopping me from attending or any other obstructions real or contrived. I want all shackles from the past destroyed in Jesus name soI can be part of His body, active and joyful, confident in His love and aacceptance. Abandoned at a young age I no longer want to be shaped by the past or feel unworthy to belong. Please pray for me as I pray for others. Thanks

I am frustrated today. I am calling on God to send as many people into the vineyard to fight the ugliness of racism. I am so tired of seeing all of the division going on in our country once again. America is a rainbow of people, yet it is filled with such division and hate. Please pray that things will change. Yes, I know that evil is all over the place. I feel that Satan's chains have been loosed. Evil is rearing its ugly head every place. But, racism is one of the ugliest tools.

I WISH THAT WE ALL WOULD JUST GET ALONG... I SAW AND HEARD ENOUGH IN THE 60'S AND 70'S... PEACE, BE STILL AND ASK THE LORD FOR GUIDANCE. FAMILIES ARE NOT GETTING ALONG BECAUSE ONE THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE OTHER. IF PEOPLE WOULD JUST LOVE THE LORD. HE WILL PUT LOVE IN THEIR HEART TO GET ALONG WITH OTHERS, IN JESUS NAME I PRAY, AMEN.

Racism is ugly. However, be sure that is what is really going on. American has been blessed of God because we are still a Christian nation. The press only states things that will get readership. (That usually means the bad news. Good news doesn't sell as well.) In school we learned that 10% of the populous is "bad" which leaves 90% OK. The unusual always sells.

If you have a city with 2 billion people in it, and 10% are bad, a much larger percentage will appear bad. However in a small town of 100 people, only 10 are bad.....according to those statistics. You see, it all depends on how densely populated a place is, as to how good or bad the country appears.

I am NOT stating that there is no evil, I am simply stating that maybe Satan does not have such a startling grip as you want to believe. There are a lot of God's people out there of all races.

Personally, I have found an amazing number of perfectly good people out in the world, who are NOT racist, or any other label you might want to place on them. Things are not always black and white.

A lot of issues you might think of as racist might have an entirely different motive. A person who robs a convenience store may simply want another fix. The fact that there is a racial difference between the robber and the robbed does not make it a racial issue. It makes it a robbery.

Hope these thoughts help.

I AGREE WITH YOU NGARBLEEK... ITS THIS THING CALL HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF. A CRIME IS A CRIME. COLOR SHOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH IT BUT THE PRESS BLOWS THINGS UP TO GET PEOPLES OPINION AND THEY KEEP IT GOING UNTIL PEOPLE LOSE INTEREST... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.