There’s not much really that makes me angry. These days. There’s less things that make me anxious. Even less that take away my peace. You would be surprised how little. Not that I don’t care much about life and things. I do. But I have lived that life before. Of worry and doubt and fear 😱. And episodes of crazy blinding rage. I have. And then I encountered Jesus. Learnt from Him, that His yoke is easy, His burden light. That though it still be a burden, it is much lighter. Infact, nothing in comparison to what I’ve had to drag along in the past. That though it be a yoke, it isn’t fast around me. It is easy. It is liberation.
Then I learnt that, my freedom, from the above mentioned things, must be deliberate. Because I’m living this human experience. And down here it is usual to worry. To be angry and flip things over. To let anxiety pull you down. Especially for things you have absolutely no control over. It’s utter nonsense, but that’s what humans do around these parts. So I have to be deliberate. About learning from The Master, and making that exchange every day
and hour, if need be. Lest I get caught up in the usual.
I’ll bare myself here. These past few days, about everything has been begging to take me back to that worrying, anxiety-filled, anger-laden life. And really, it is the tiniest of things. Those that minister to my being. And honestly, it has been work! 😅 Whew!
But I’m reading up yesterday morning, and I come across Pharaoh, and He sounds familiar.
[Exodus 8:28 NLT] “All right, go ahead,” Pharaoh replied. “I will let you go into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord your God. But don’t go too far away. Now hurry and pray for me.”
😂 But Pharaoh is shameless! Ati pray for me? The thought of a whole small nation ‘of slaves’ leaving, after 430years in Egypt is just too much for him. Separation issues? He allows them, to go and sacrifice, and worship, but the instruction is, only, Not too far!
You’re free to go. . . But must come back next year, a time like this. You can be happy in your marriage, but not on a daily. Surely, that is too much! You can make progress spiritually, but every so often you must fall. I mean, not too far! You can walk out of that habit, but not forever! You can be all that you want to be. . . But not fully. You can be the first to make progress in your family, but it shan’t be tremendous progress, because not too far. You can go, and worship, but just near here. Little wonder you find yourself on a roller coaster! You’re up, then you’re down. You’re almost there, but never really there. You’re gods, but die like mere men. [Psalm 82:6] You walk away, but not too far!
I know you hear me. Pharaoh says you’re free, but bound. You’re on a long leash. It looks like you’re free, but really you aren’t.
But blessed be God! Whose final verdict is EVERYTHING!
[Psalms 124:7 MSG] We’ve flown free from their fangs, free of their traps, free as a bird. Their grip is broken; we’re free as a bird in flight.
Freely bound for who! God says, be on your way, and worship me! Then, as if this was not enough, He makes it public knowledge, that “if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free!” [John 8:36 AMP] No more rides! No more cycles. You’re on an upward trend. Like a bird in flight. You perch on high too.
This 👆 truth later, I am set for Living. On that upward trend. In Him is liberty. Paul puts it this way,
[Acts 17:28 NLT] For in Him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.’
Short leash, true, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. No really. Would you?