God’s Address: the end of your rope

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

We’ve all heard the familiar saying, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and perhaps others are credited with that pithy line on perseverance, but I’ll bet the barn whoever said it wasn’t a cowboy. At least not a team roper.

The small knot in the end of my husband’s team-roping rope (pictured above) simply keeps the rope from fraying. It’s not intended to hold anything, and that’s on purpose. Better the rope run on through than snag and drag whatever gets caught on the off-end.

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Hondo knot

The other end has a hondo/honda knot in it through which the length of the rope slides in order to catch running livestock. (Or siblings, and you’re toast if Mom finds out.)

American philosopher and Christian author, Dallas Willard, said God’s address is the end of our rope. Willard was no cattleman, but he knew God and understood the concept of dependency upon our loving, all-sufficient Creator.

I prefer Willard’s quote to the other one. I find more comfort in knowing when my strength runs out (and it will) God is there to catch me. Hold me. And heal whatever rope burns I suffered on my way down.

Who, or what, do you hope to find at the end of your rope?


The Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.
Isaiah 59:1

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ALT="book cover for Mail-Order Misfire"Gracie smoothed her pillow and quilt, then took all her nine years of knowledge to the kitchen and made biscuits for supper, confident that the Lord heard her prayer. She’d been taught to believe such things since before she could remember. Why, just yesterday the preacher’s words had stirred through her heart, telling her to have faith, to trust God. And she believed those words.

Especially since the preacher was her papa.  ~Mail-Order Misfire 


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4 thoughts on “God’s Address: the end of your rope

  1. Karen Gee

    We are so blessed to have God love us so much that he is always there waiting when we come to “the end of our rope”!
    Who else can we depend on? He is our only hope “in times of trouble”.
    He provides the peace and comfort we need. He knows the solution to every situation. We just need to call upon His name.
    Wonderful scripture.

    1. davalynn

      Yes, Karen. His faithfulness is beyond our comprehension!

  2. I’m so glad he is at the end of my rope, the beginning of it and the middle! 🙂

    Thank you for the encouragement, Davalynn.

    1. davalynn

      Absolutely, Phyllis!


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