For years, we have been boxed up.
We have been in a cramped, dark space wondering if this is all there is. We know You, Lord. We love You. We know You have set us free. Free from sin and death. Free to go to Heaven to be with You when we die. And at times in this box we are ready to come be with You because each day it feels a little bit more like death.
In this box we sense You saying, “You are free!” We say, “Yes Lord, I know what You have freed me from.” He says, “I realize you know what you are free FROM, but do you know what you are free TO?”
I have never thought about this. Free to… what? I guess I have learned all too well to die to self but have not learned to live for You. I am free to become who You see me to be. Free to become the person You have dreamed about. Free to live that dream.
But my life has been spent being obedient to the box. I don’t know how to live free. I am scared of it. There are too many “what ifs”.
I have been a part of a church and, though we all believe You, we are huddled and nervous. We are so scared of doing something wrong that we seem to never try anything which might be right. So, we remain as we are. Wondering what it must be like…”out there”.
Then He hands us the faith to cut ourselves out of the box and begin to really live!
As we cut open the lid, light floods in, and then we see others out there. Smiling. Happy. Out of their boxes. Strangely, this seems like the first day in heaven. In a way, it is. We assumed the voices we heard when we were in the box were just others in their own box. But we are now free to love! Free to live! Free to experience life in way we never have!