Life has a way of wrapping tentacles around our hearts. Finding a weak spot and pressing painful.
Tormenting our thoughts, suffocating our spirits. It sucks life, drains energy, depletes and discourages if we let it.
It doesn’t take much for me to feel tipped sideways sometimes and wonder how in the world it happened.
Those are times when feelings overwhelm, fear sneaks in, comparison captivates our souls and we become weighed down by earthly concerns.
Feel the pressures mounting and feel ourselves drowning.
And we will sink unless we remember we have a Lord who walks on water, lives lightly and freely, calmly and peacefully, and wants us to do the same.
Impossible? It sounds like it if we see things only from a human perspective.
But when we reach the end of our fraying rope we find God is already waiting to lift us up, to heal and set us free.
Because rescuing lost and lonely souls, restoring and healing broken, bleeding, damaged and drained people is what He does best.
Because grace is new every morning and so are His forgiveness and mercy. A fresh start is available today to you and me.
When surrendered to God, our hearts, minds and lives are continually being set free from all that enslaves and entraps us, even if we fail to fully see or appreciate it.
Such thoughts were already in my mind today as I reeled from a restless night where fear and anxiety had sought to get the better of me.
And so I couldn’t help but smile when I saw today’s Five Minute Friday prompt was:‘Free’.
How could I resist?…
Some days I don’t feel free at all
ensnared as I am, entrapped
by my thoughts and caught
in the permanent tug of worldly
concerns with their tempting thrall
Some days I forget I’ve been
released by grace, set free by
mercy to become more fully me
given a new heart, redeemed
life and new identity in Christ
Today I feel like wounded bird
held tender in Your hands
cradled soft and comforted
as I shiver and shake my wings
afraid to leave Your fingers
Now I sense them unfurling
yet still curling warm into
my feeble frame, and I hear
Your voice whisper my name
as You remain ever near
I don’t feel ready for letting go
There’s so much pain I still
don’t understand how to embrace
But You breathe out Your love
say “I am enough” as You release
me into Your current of grace
I’m connecting today with the wonderful wordsmith community over at Kate Motaung’s place where we write bold and free on a weekly theme. Come join us?