The Lowly Knot (A True Story) By David A. Benoit One time, in my youth, while suspended in limbo between school and career, I felt aimless, useless and without hope or value or purpose. I was walking around with my spirits on my shoe tops. Then I spotted a lowly pine knot; discarded by some passing wooden pallet. I felt a kinship with it, an oppressive cloud of uselessness and rejection; we shared a common destiny\u2014to be swept up and thrown away. Then a thought came to my soul I can only explain as a message from God, it told me, \u201cStop! Pick it up. Rescue it from that dire fate.\u201d \u201cGive it a purpose. Use it as a reminder to inspire you always. If I have a purpose for this lowly little pine knot, then be certain I have one for you.\u201d I carried that little knot everywhere. It bolstered my courage and confidence for years. Until I felt it fulfilled its usefulness, and tucked it away with my treasures. Not because I now saw it as useless, but rather because I had just realized something. I had become the lowly little pine knot with its same purpose of lifting up low spirits. Never doubt your usefulness in this world, not for one instant. For even now as these words speak to your mind and your heart... That dead little piece of wood lives again offering hope and purpose to all who read or hears this. God creates no garbage. We are the ones who overlook and undervalue His creations. Everything has a purpose, every knot, every joy, every tragedy, every person. Therefore, if ever you walk with your hopes on the floor, stop and look around. You may rescue your own inspiring little treasure. Then again, it may rescue you.