I have been thinking about the big life changes happening to me in this season. And though I completely trust God to be in control and work things out for my good, there are moments where it is easy to feel like a puppet. It is easy to feel like I am flopping around, hoping for any movement by God. It is easy to feel lifeless and listless, waiting for Him to pick up the control and start moving the strings. It is easy to feel that something (new) won’t happen.
That is the life of a puppet. You have strings and are not free to make your own choices. You are told where to go. You are told which body parts to move and in what direction they need to go. You are made to dance and move in funny patterns and rhythms. All at the direction of the puppeteer. And if the puppeteer is unable to direct you, then you lay idle and wait.
You have no choices.
You have no say.
You have no control.
You are completely at the mercy of the puppeteer.
Think about Pinocchio. His one wish was to be a real boy because they “got no strings, to hold me down, to make me fret, or make me frown.” Because as a puppet, he had no control over anything. And he wanted control. Even just a little, so he felt free.
And we are Pinocchio.
We want control. We want to feel free.
So we look at our circumstances and decide God is our Geppetto. We convince ourselves that He has put strings on us … because He wants to keep us from goodness and from greatness.
We complain about Him for not giving us what need.
We accuse Him of not loving us.
We blame Him for not providing.
We criticize Him for not caring.
But in looking at our strings, we forget one very important truth. God is not responsible for our strings. He doesn’t tie them on us. He doesn’t insist we wear them.
When we have strings, it is because we do not believe that no “… created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God …” (Romans 8:39).
When we have strings, it is because we do not believe “… You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness …” (Jonah 4:2).
When we have strings, it is because we do not believe “… the grace of our Lord is exceedingly abundant …” (1 Timothy 1:14) to forgive, heal, and restore us … completely.
When we have strings, it is because we do not believe “… that while we were still sinners …” (Romans 5:8) God had great plans and hopes and dreams for us.
God does not want us to have strings.
God does not want us to doubt His love.
God does not want us to question His care.
God does not want us to refuse His grace.
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free … Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:32,36).
He has already made a way for us to be free of every string we tie upon ourselves.
The strings of shame that distort our perspective.
The strings of sin that strangle our growth.
The strings of anger that turn us in the wrong direction.
The strings of fear that stop us.
The strings of self-righteousness that lead us to think we are smarter than God.
So today is the day to see your strings for what they are – things you have convinced yourself to be true that are not. Today is the day to cut your strings – once and for all – by embracing the truth of God’s love and care for you.
Let today be the last day you are Pinocchio, being controlled by every erratic emotion that comes at you. Let today be the first day of your new life – “I’ve got no strings, To hold me down, To make me fret, or make me frown. I had strings, But now I’m free, There are no strings on me.”
Marie Fremin. 6/24/19 and 7/4/19.