"End of Your Rope"
“In times of grief, terror, and dejection we may reach “the end of our rope” – and yet God is present, most noticeably in our extremities. He tells us that He is preserving us along the way and promises to bring us home after He accomplishes all things.” (Dynamis 9/7/13)
“We may sometimes wonder if God will ever respond to our prayers. But we must never doubt Him or give up hope.…though we may think we are at the end of our rope, we are never at the end of our hope...God never abandons us.” (Life Application Study Bible, Galatians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 4:8-12)
“Being at the ‘end of your rope’ means you have reached the limit of your patience or endurance. The expression evolved from tethering a horse not a noose. But sometimes when you are at the ‘end of your rope’ it feels like a noose around your neck. I was in a recent conversation where a monk recommended to a person to use a prayer rope when praying the Jesus Prayer. Though nothing to do directly with being at the ‘end of your rope,’ the association of a rope with Christ was a gentle reminder to me to dismiss the lie of the enemy that tells us to succumb to despair when life’s circumstances are too much for us. The prayer rope reminds us to give our burdens to Christ and receive His rest (Matthew 11:27-30).” (Sacramental Living Blog)
“Turning to God shouldn’t be a last resort; we should look to Him for help each day. This isn’t to say life will always be easy. There will be struggles, but God will give us the strength to live through them. Don’t wait until you’re at the end of your rope. Call on God first in every situation.” (Life Application Study Bible, Judges 6:6)
“The young man was at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer. "Lord, I can't go on," he said "My cross is too heavy to bear." The Lord replied, "My son, if you cannot bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then open another door and pick out any cross you wish." The man was filled with relief. "Thank you, Lord," he sighed, and did as he was told. As he looked around the room, he saw many different crosses, some so large the tops were not visible. Then he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a wall. "I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered. And the Lord replied, "My son, that's the cross you came in with." (Author Unknown)