At The End of Your Rope?

There is a quote that is famous for encouraging people when faced with trials that seem unending and overwhelming. It says “When you’re at the end of your rope…tie a knot and hang on”! It is attributed to several different presidents and leaders (Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill), whom I’m sure any one of them could have said it, given the stress of being President of the United States or Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The premise of the quote is that when you feel as if life is slipping away and you can hold on no longer, tie a knot at the end of the rope and just hold on. You hold on because I assume things will eventually change or someone will come to your rescue. In my opinion, the quote surmises that if you let go, you will fall into some abyss never to be seen again.

When you’re facing the trials of life and things are out of control, there are times that you do feel as if you’re at the end of what you can handle, and you’re hanging on by a thread. We are taught that we have to hold onto what is bothering us, that if it’s going to be fixed, we have to fix it. We have to be in control of the situation because everyone is depending on us.

However, I would like to change that quote. My new quote says “When you’re at the end of your rope…LET GO”!
Let go of the control you have to have over your situation. Let go of trying to fix it and allow God to handle it. Let go of holding onto to things that have hurt you, and be free. Let Go and fall into the loving and caring arms of our Savior.

God’s arms are long enough, and strong enough to hold you when you let go. Release control and let Him handle it. Trust God enough to let go. He is able to carry you through whatever you’re facing. If you’re at the end of your rope….LET GO!

Isaiah 43:1-3 “…Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am GOD, your personal God…”

Love you to life!


  • Deserae Murray says:

    Five powerful words that can change our outlook on a situation, “let go and let God.” We have to activate our faith not only during tough times but everyday being confident that God has everything under control. We must first, LET GO in order for God to have his way. As people we are reluctant to not have total control over everything and this sometimes can mean we’re standing in the way of our breakthrough.

    Simple words but powerful, “let go and let God”!

  • mary breckenridge says:

    Sometimes it is so hard to let go.We love controlling every thing Tahnks for the word love you

  • Cara says:

    Hey Pastor Ruth!! This is a really great entry. You expounded beautifully on how and why to “Let Go”. I have a friend, who is locked up, who really needs to hear this the way you said it. Not sure if your words are copywrited or not, so with your permission may I send it to them??

  • Tanya says:

    Awesome! Printing this out and posting it everywhere. Im in a season of being tested especially in the area of Love (which pastor taught us in his series) and trusted God to handle the things that I really want to handle…WHEW! But I will really apply this let go strategy. Thanks Pastor Ruth…Keep on writing becauseit is transforming lives!

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