Breaking Free

When you deal with chronic challenges you can feel defeated - almost imprisoned in the body in which you now live.  Do you ever fell there is a completely well "you" inside? Maybe that's not far from wrong!

David Castillo Dominici chains.jpg

and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. Acts 16:26

I realized something today.

The inside me still thinks that the outside me is going to get better.

Not only that, the inside me is completely different than the outside me.

The inside me still walks - even runs - maybe still skates.  She is a whole lot thinner and a whole lot younger. She has tons of energy.  She is ready to take on the world.

What a contradiction to the reality of my body!

I'm not sure what to do with that dichotomy.

On one hand, I'm sure it's good.  The inside me is optimistic.

On the other hand, it seems that she is setting me up for a huge letdown.

I'm not sure that I will ever get "better" - whatever better is.

I realize that all of this might sound silly.

It did get me to thinking though.  What if the inside me … the one that still feels young and healthy is the "me" that will be in heaven.

This inside me never seems to grow older - or tireder. The inside me is a pretty happy person - or wants to be most of the time.

Have you ever thought about that?

When we leave this earth - we will leave our hurting, used-up bodies behind us.  

The inside me is very, very happy about that.

She will be so excited to finally break free from the chains of this earth.

And so, I look in the mirror and talk to her.

One day, one day, dear one - it will all come true.

Be patient.  I know it's hard.  Somedays it might seem almost impossible.

But what happened to Paul in the book of Acts was "impossible," too.

And I know it's out of context - but I can't help but make the comparison.

One day we will no longer be fettered to our earthly bodies.  We will be set free, prisoners no more.

And to that I say loudly,


So be it, Lord!

Father God, what an awesome future awaits us.  The day when we are set completely free from our bonds to this earth, the day when we will no longer suffer the pains and care of this life, but rather will be free to be eternally whole, with You.  Amen and amen.


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