In the sailing world the rope used to control the sail’s angle in the wind is called the mainsheet. The mainsheet attaches to the the sail’s boom and goes through various pulleys then into your hand which you then pull in or let out to control the sail. The end of this mainsheet, or rope, is called “the bitter end”.
So you’re sailing across the sea of life (subtle huh?) and there suddenly arises a gale force wind so strong that the sail gets whipped forward and the mainsheet is being pulled out of your hand and the bitter end is approaching! Usually one would tie a knot just before the end to keep it from pulling through the pulleys and losing complete control of the sail, but you didn’t tie the knot. You figured you could just hold on to the rope and use your own grip to control the sail, but the knot that should have been there would save you the struggle for control, it would have kept that boom and sail steadfast and unmoving.
Our lives need that knot to help keep them from spinning out of control when the big issues come up. Make God the knot that keeps your sail secure, let Him help keep the bitter end from slipping through the blocks and out of your control.
‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” -Lamentations 3:22-24