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Untie My Heart

Teach me your ways, O LORD; I will walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.  Psalm 86:11 NKJV

untie my heartThe day we waited for had arrived.

Blue skies and a gentle breeze enhanced the excitement as I loaded my four young sons and their new kites into our van. Finally, kite flying time was here. I knew an excellent spot for our adventure, a short drive away. Upon arriving, the boys tumbled over each other, grabbing their kites and making a mad dash for the field.

I caught my youngest just in time. Four-year-old Ethan might have trouble holding onto his kite string. So, I made a loop and slipped it around his wrist, giving it an extra tug to ensure it was secure. He raced to catch up to his brothers.

Before long, four kites soared on the heights as the boys laughed. My heart smiled. This was the perfect day. Then it happened.

An unexpected gust of wind tugged at the kites, and the loop on Ethan’s wrist slipped off. His kite really soared then. I knew he would be heartbroken, but he cheered and jumped joyfully. “Look, Mommy. It’s free. Now it can fly everywhere!”

That evening, as I settled in to read my devotion, I came across this verse in Psalms. At the end of verse eleven, I read, “Untie my heart to fear Your name.” That seemed odd, so I reread it aloud: “Unite my heart to fear Your name.”

Laughing at my mistake, I thought back to our kite misadventure. I realized my heart is often tied to things like worry, doubt, insecurity, or sin. Being tied to those things keeps me from experiencing the freedom a united heart brings. I thanked God for the practical lesson and asked Him to show me any ungodly thing that tied up my heart.

Perhaps your heart is tied to something, keeping you from experiencing absolute freedom in Christ? Ask the Holy Spirit for a fresh gust of truth to blow across your heart and untie it so you can soar with Him.

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Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor resides in rural South Carolina. She is a retired teacher and author of the children’s book EE Otter and the Bullfrog Bullies. She counts her husband and sons as constant reminders of God’s amazing grace.