As I can I want to offer a fresh word of encouragement sharing from my experience how our Father God meets us in the middle of loving and living out our faith to draw others to freedom. The road to freedom can seem long and hard not unlike the experiences of those living as refugees from war torn nations, those walking out of years of abuse and pain in broken relationships, those facing the reality check that comes with unplanned pregnancy, and the great journey to healing from trauma. I fully believe we are offered so much more than we ever experience as Christ followers. We settle for a life in bondage to the elemental nature of this world and continue to live as Hagar when in fact we are daughters of Sarah.

Galatians 4:31
31 So, brothers [and sisters], we are children not of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

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Psalm 138:7-8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

By your mighty power I can walk through any devastation
and you will keep me alive, reviving me.
Your power set me free from the hatred of my enemies.
You keep every promise you’ve ever made to me!
Since your love for me is constant and endless,
I ask you, Lord, to finish every good thing that you’ve begun in me!

 

The lesson stirring in my heart may sound similar to lessons learned and shared over the seasons but many, including this one, are worth repeating.  With each season and lesson there is a layer removed, an addition to, or a repetition that creates new paths of life...This time the lesson is on journeying into the dark and devestating places of another's life and learning how to remain on course, neither turning to the right nor the left, nor staying too long in a dark place that has no resolution, no end and no justification.  Journeying with others as mothers and daughters and friends has taken me to darker and darker corners where the religious and the name of Jesus are interwoven with atrocities and abuses that are beyond comprehension.  My heart is drawn to those so turned around that they are repulsed by the light.  The place where the lie of NO HOPE and NO WAY OUT is branded into every fibre.

This is the devstation I want to enter and where I want to go to proclaim freedom, liberty and hope. I am not always good at looking away, I linger too long in an empathy that becomes a weight I was not meant to carry, I become overwhelmed and begin to drown in sorrow and oh so subtley conceed that maybe, just maybe that lie is true. I fight the need to expose all the evil and make it the battle cry to prove that I am not crazy, that others have to see and know how atrocious and without sense life can be and cry out for justice at all cost...yet, that does not honor the very reason I went into that place of devastation...I am here to draw out, to honor, to expose the treasure that is hidden under the layers or grime and filth. I am here to live out Faith in the face of Unbelief. I am here to give glory to my Father in heaven and to be a witness that He too is here and that there truly is a way out. Redemption, restoration and restitution are possible now, for me, for you and for each treasure hidden in the devastation.