Perhaps we all feel trapped by something or other during our lives. Emotions, circumstances, disease tend to change our mental and spiritual focus. But the Lord offers a wonderful solution. Have you found it?
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
I picked my way along the shoreline searching for ocean treasures. My husband and I were at my son’s fish camp on a tiny island near Kodiak Island in Alaska.
Sea life fascinates me. The tide pools, depressions that hold water from receding tides, yield a variety of bounty. I discovered several species of sea worms, anemone, snails and sea cucumbers. Along the sandy, rocky beach I watched other invertebrates—rock and hermit crabs, varied clams, sand dollars, and a rainbow of different sea stars, some spiny and others leathery to the touch.
I walked around a huge, odd-shaped rock to another larger tide pool where I studied the creatures, picking up seashells. The minutes flew and, before I realized, the tide had come in, blocking my way back around the rock. I tested the water and discovered that it was only calf-deep. As I walked through, the tide pulled strongly at my ankles. It’s a good thing I realized my mistake in time, although later, my son told me that even though the rock was too smooth and steep to climb to the top, there was a tunnel halfway up, large enough for an adult to crawl through—a sure way out.
The experience makes me think of all the ways a person can become trapped. Our minds, emotions and will can enslave us. Or, something or someone in the physical realm can imprison us, as in Peter’s experience. “Peter was therefore kept in prison … that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, ‘Arise quickly!’ And his chains fell off his hands.” (Acts 12:5, 7)
We can also become imprisoned, perhaps by circumstances beyond our control with regard to relationships. Conversely, we can choose to be “enslaved” by Christ, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:1 and 4:1. In fact, all of us probably could list ways in which we’ve been trapped: physically, mentally and spiritually. It could be a bad habit, a negative emotion, an attitude of unforgiveness or a critical spirit.
However, there is hope of freedom from any imprisonment we face. God has promised release through His Son, Jesus, who died for our sins and rose from the grave to bring forgiveness and eternal life.
Lord, thank You that like Peter, You can set us free from bondage of any kind. Cause us to be willing to turn our lives over to You becoming, rather, a prisoner of Christ. In His name we pray, amen.