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Topic: Threefold Cord (04/12/12)

TITLE: No Strings Attached
By Gail Koop


“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” -- Ecclesiastes 4:12 NKJV

In a recent dream I was standing in front of shelves that were stocked with rectangular boxes patterned in black and white. A man handed me one of the boxes and I asked what was in it. He said, “a wireless router.” I asked why he was giving it to me. He said, “Because the manufacturer is dead, so now you can have all of his stuff for free.”

Since becoming a Christian seven years ago, I have learned to pay attention to my dreams. So I researched the function of a wireless router. Its purpose is to allow a computer or a network of computers that have been configured with wireless software to access the Internet without any cable or wires. The router itself is connected to a modem that is connected to the Internet. Also, the router is configured with “firewall” software that guards against unwanted information entering a network, much as a security guard controls who enters and leaves a building. Although the computer is completely dependent on the router to get to the Internet, with this “Wi-Fi” connection the computer operates with “no strings attached.”

Most of us have wireless routers in our homes. That’s how I’m writing this and probably how you’re reading it. These devices give the computer (and therefore us) portability and independence. We can cook dinner while following a recipe on our laptop, ipad or iphone without wires and cables getting in the way of our onions and garlic. But just a decade ago, we’d have to plug and unplug, frustrated by the restriction of the wires. But now that we don’t see them, unless there’s some technical issue, we rarely think about what is enabling this connection. The computer is, in fact, (wirelessly) connected to the router, the router is (physically) connected to the modem and the modem is (physically) connected to the Internet. Operating together, this threefold connection is strong. But the only time we think about it is if something happens to one of the devices and the connection is broken.

In the same way, in our daily lives, we, too, rely on a threefold connection: us, Jesus and God the Father. But do we think about who enables that connection? Do we give credit to the One who allows us to “...live and move and have our being”? (Acts 17:28) When we pray, do we immediately start asking for things, not recognizing the One who is “routing” our information to and from God the Father? Just because we can’t see Him, we must not forget what He died to give us.

Before Jesus, the connection to the Father was hard wired, if you will, to the Law. Only animal sacrifices could atone for sin and allow communion with God. But Jesus’ death, the ultimate sacrifice, gives us direct access to God the Father. Indeed, as Peter says in his second epistle (1:3), “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness...” Everything. We lack nothing. We even have a firewall against the devil. In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Like the man in the dream said, because he died, all of his stuff is now free. Our part is to believe and receive “his stuff.”

Did you know that an umbilical cord is threefold? It has one vein and two arteries. They carry oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to and from the baby. When the baby is born the cord is cut, yet mother and child are forever connected. So it is with our threefold connection. Jesus, if you will, is our “wireless router” to God the Father. No strings attached.

Note: Based on a real dream. Scripture, except for the title, from NIV.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/19/12
This is a perfect devotion. You explained things in a way that most everyone reading would truly understand. Though the verse has been used in almost every story I've read you did approach it in a fresh way. The part about the umbilical cord could be a devotion all on its own. It was the first thing that popped in my head when I heard the topic. I especially liked how you pointed out that 2 of the vessels are arteries. I think it is quite significant that God created 2 vessels going into the heart of the baby. To me it shows we need to take in double of God's blessings. You did a nice job with this piece. There is a different message for all of the different people reading this.
Noel Mitaxa 04/19/12
Very thought-provoking material, and I like how you ended on an umbilical rather than an unbiblical note.
C D Swanson 04/20/12
Excellent job and very interesting take on the topic. Umbliical cord-what an original thought.

Nicely done, I enjoyed this.

God Bless~
Amanda Brogan04/20/12
I love it when God gives us those awesome kind of dreams that really mean something! At first I didn't notice the significance of the last part of the dream, about the manufacturer dying, but when you got to the end I was like, "Ohhh!" Absolutely brilliant. It was like a sweet cherry on top of the rest of the great thoughts you had built up from the wire analogy.

I loved your premise of how we often take our spiritual (wireless) connection to God for granted. It really makes the reader stop and think and examine their own "connection" to the Father.

Like Shann said, I think the umbilical cord part would make a great devotional all by itself. (I never knew that bit of info before. Quite insightful.) Though it did seem a tad out of place in conjunction with the rest of the article. I think you built up your point powerfully enough with the dream and the router that you wouldn't have needed that part.

Awesome take on the topic! The spiritual analogies here are amazing! Gave me some brain food to chew over...
Genia Gilbert04/22/12
Quite interesting, informative, and well written. I enjoyed this.
Leola Ogle 04/23/12
I love the emphasis on how God does give us dreams. I've always beleived and was pleased to see it addressed so wonderfully in this entry. God bless!
Edmond Ng 04/26/12
A technological devotional! This is an interesting approach on the topic. I agree the paragraph on the umbilical cord stands out above the rest. Well done on a nicely written piece!