I feel like I’m sitting on the cold, hard floor of a dark and dirty dungeon cell. I look up to see a one foot by one foot window with bars on it. Through the bars, I can see sunlight and clouds and I can even hear birds. I see a glimpse of hope and freedom.
But it seems so far away. Thick metal chains lay across my body preventing me from moving very far. I’m stuck.
Suddenly, I see the Lord on the other side of my jail cell bars. The light emanating from Him blinds me and I look slightly away from the beauty.
“My child.” I hear Him call to me.
I force myself to look Him in the eyes and see only love—immense love.
“My child, why are you still here in this dark cell?”
“Lord, I’m stuck. These chains are holding me. I can’t go anywhere.” My voice is only a whimper.
“Look closer at those chains.”
I’d been staring at the chains for days, months, even years. They seemed impenetrable. I looked again though. I felt the heavy weight of them across my chest and grimaced.
I followed the chain with my eyes to the wall they were connected to. But…they weren’t connected that wall.
The chains that had held me for so long weren’t connected to anything!
The Lord looked at me and smiled as if He could see my realization.
“But…but…I thought I was stuck…” I whispered.
He shook His head. “The power of those chains was in your head. Your fears were imagined. I disposed of your chains a long time ago. You are free and I am always with you. You have nothing to fear.” He smiled again.
I sat up to test His hypothesis. The chains fell to the floor. They contained no power. My captivity was in my head. I walked toward the cells bars.
“But these heavy steel bars still won’t let me go anywhere.” My hope was again deflated.
The Lord looked at me again and nodded toward the lock on the door. I pushed on the latch and it wasn’t locked. The door opened instantly.
I tentatively stepped through the open doorway.
I heard the Lord’s voice once more. “You’re not imagining things. You were only stuck by your own fears. Go forth now and walk in the freedom that you had all along. When I am with you, you have nothing to fear.”
I walked out of the dungeon and into the sunlight, ready to start a new adventure.
So, if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. ~ John 8:36