I am free to run…
I am free to dance…
I received an injury to my back from an accident in January – an accident that wasn’t my fault.
At the time, I was well on my way to losing the 60 pounds that needed to come off my body for me to feel healthy again. I had already lost 17 and was excited about my progress.
Then BAM! A man reaching for his daughter’s juice-box in the back seat of his truck slammed into my stopped van and changed my world.
Now, it hurts to stand. It hurts to sit. It hurts to walk. It hurts to lie down.
It. Just. Hurts.
And the healing prognosis? Anywhere from six months to two years. Nice.
So since the accident, I have had ups and downs. Some days, I am fine. I eat healthy, my spirits stay up, and I just figure life happens, and we have to make the best of it. Other days, when I look at the scale and realize I keep losing and gaining the same two blessed pounds, my heart sinks, and I become either sad or angry.
And then today – I sent a sad face to a friend, with the comment that I was afraid I was only going to get bigger now that I was injured. And I expected sympathy. And I expected “I understand.” Which I got – but I got more.
I got, “NO. I refute that in Jesus name.” I got reminded that I am His daughter. That He offers all the wisdom and help I need. That He is my healer, and that I walk in His favor. By the time I was done reading, my entire attitude had done a 180, and instead, I wanted to shout!
Because you know what? He keeps saying to me, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Everywhere I look, there it is in front of me. Every “verse-of-the-day,” every photo that pops up on the internet. There it is.
And do you know what else? If He is fighting for me, you’d better believe there is one fighting against me! And does he want me to walk into the newness God is preparing? NO WAY JOSE’! He will fight tooth and nail to discourage me, to keep me from enjoying what God is doing in my life. He will do his utmost to drag my attitude back down into the dirt and keep me stalled here in this place forever.
But here’s the key – God’s not going to let him do that. No, sir. He is going to place people in my life who will say, “NO. The devil is wrong. Remember?” He is going to open up His Word to me and say, “Remember what I said?” He is going to play a song on the radio and tell me to keep marching. He is going to send a phone call from a friend. He is going to enter every circumstance that threatens to discourage me and encourage me instead.
He is going to remind me at every turn, “This is no longer you. You, my dear, are no longer a victim. You are a child of the living God, born again, set free, bought with a precious price, and standing to inherit every single bit of the fullness and richness that being my daughter entitles you to!!”
Notice what I did not say? I did not say, “I am not going to let the devil discourage me.” Why? Because he is mean and sneaky and tends to know my weaknesses better than I do.
Notice what I did say: God’s not going to let him do that.
I am safe! I am safe from the enemy. I am safe from his lies. I am no longer required to listen to what he says, because he is not my father – God is! All I have to do is run into His arms, and I am safe! And when I am too scared to run, or too paralyzed by fear, He will reach down and gather me up, and banish fear far, far away.
I am saved! I am saved from the bondage of my flesh. I am saved from my own petulant whining and simpering and skulking along the bottom of life as if I have no worth or value and the world is out to get me and life is not fair.
NO! That’s a LIE! HALLELUJAH it’s a lie!
Hear that again – GOD will do it!!
We are not dependent on ourselves to be set free. It is not up to us to make all things new. It is not our glory that is on the line – it is HIS.
Listen – oh, this is beautiful:
Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up,
And instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up,
And it will be a memorial to the Lord,
For an everlasting sign which will not be cut off. ~ Isaiah 55:13
His name will be made great, because of the newness, and freshness, and beauty He brings to my life, and to yours.
And yes, my dear friend, all will see what kind of a God we serve!
Glory and amen!