The Chain Yanker by Julie Arduini

The Chain Yanker

My son texted me and let me know his school was canceling his student teaching assignment because he was missing a needed class. He’d checked with his advisor throughout his college career and was told more than once he was all set for teaching and graduation. Then this.

Are you kidding, God?

I’m away from home working on a project and not one thing I’ve planned for this has worked. There have been setbacks, delays, miscommunication and plain frustration. Just when I thought there was progress, everything stopped. 

Are you yanking our chain, God? Why are you throwing these delays and hurting us so? It’s stressful. We don’t understand. Do You even care? Is this fun to You?

Today I received a text. The sender was supposed to receive help they had been waiting for. The help let them know they were exposed to Covid and their test results wouldn’t be available until Monday. The message was regarding their frustration over delay and all this virus has done to rob everyone of health, peace, provision, and plans

It’s too much, God. The emotional letdowns and mental torture are relentless. How much more can we take? Why aren’t You stopping the pain? Don’t You see? Don’t You care?

I’ve struggled like everyone wondering if God fell asleep and missed our heartbreak that’s wrapped itself around 2020. Questioned the heart of God. Was He yanking our chain?

The reality is our Heavenly Father is love and goodness. There is nothing about Him in His word, His Son, or the Holy Spirit that even hints that He relishes in our struggles.

The opposite is true of the enemy of our soul, the true defeated one, the devil. He loves our pain. He hopes we quit. He’s waiting for us to blame God and walk away.

If we were even close to Him to begin with.

And oh, how He will twist what was God’s and make a counterfeit.

Chain Yanker is what the true defeated one is. The mocker. Liar. His sneer is all over this year.

The One who took the Chain Yanker out at the Cross is the Chain BREAKER. Big difference. God sent Him to us and when we call on HIs name, He’s there. Through the delays. Setbacks. Frustrations. Tears.

If you’re feeling the enemy’s twist of lies and are desperate for comfort and truth, check out the lyrics below.

(This first appeared in the Julie Arduini Newsletter, October 2020.)


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About juliearduini

Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to find freedom in Christ by surrendering the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the new contemporary romance series SURRENDERING HEARTS (Anchored Hearts, Repairing Hearts, +four more.) Her other romance series is SURRENDERING TIME (Entrusted, Entangled, Engaged.) She also co-wrote a YA series with her daughter, SURRENDERING STINKIN’ THINKIN’ (You’re Beautiful, You’re Amazing, You’re Brilliant.) Her stand-alone romances include MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN and RESTORING CHRISTMAS. Julie maintains a blog at and participates in the team blog Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at
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