The Scarlet Cord

forever brothers and sisters

“An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.”

Ancient Chinese Proverb

This saying is referred to by families as they adopt their Chinese children. A quick look at various blogs confirms many believe this invisible red thread connects them with their children of their hearts as they go through the process of weaving together a “forever” family. It is a poetic assertion that the thread of the forever family will never break.

Every time I hear this I am reminded instead of the scarlet cord.

“And she (Rahab) tied the scarlet cord in the window.”  Joshua 2:21

I find Rahab’s story of intrigue and rescue one of the most thrilling in the Bible. Imagine being in her place and tossing the long thick cord out to be seen and trusting the protection and safety would follow!

The scarlet cord she tossed out her window meant everything to her. Risky but not reckless.  It represented salvation for Rahab, protection and safety from destruction. This scarlet cord forever connected her to the Israelites and to Christ, our Savior.

The scarlet cord connects us still today.

The Chinese proverb speaks to a deep need in our hearts for connection and permanency in relations.  There are remnants of truth in the words. Consider the truth instead. Sovereignty is the truth, not destiny.  Sovereignty is assurance against randomness in our lives.

The scarlet cord is still providing protection, safety and salvation.  Christ’s blood shed for the forgiveness of sins made a ways for us to be adopted as sons and heirs.  We are part of the “forever” family.

Today I am thinking about the wonder of this and how it was in motion on that fateful day in Jericho. The scarlet cord still connects us to God and to other Christians today. Amazing! Assuring!

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.  Ps 117:2

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About chinamom3078

I am a woman who loves Jesus who loved me first. Prone to wander and distraction is common for me as I seek to reflect Him in my daily life. I am wife, mom, and grandma who has lived on 3 continents in 26+ apartments, townhouses, military housing, suburbs and now a 200 plus year old farm house. Preparing and hosting meals for the hundreds who have passsed through our home has been a joy and blessing to our family as we listened and shared over meals, coffee, light nights and Bible studies. A rich life! I have reached the age to feel qualifies to be an ”older woman” (as in Titus) even though I feel far from old and have plenty of room to grow each and everyday. And my joy is to teach Bible studies and help train other women to lead well.
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2 Responses to The Scarlet Cord

  1. Jennifer says:

    It is so amazing that we are all part of one forever family! Wonderful post. You have a beautiful family!

    • omega57 says:

      It is amazing! Thanks for agreeing with me about my family. 🙂 Took a first look at your blog. Like it very much. Look forward to future posts.

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