"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17
My friend, who has become the caretaker of her parents in recent months, told me of a nightmare she had the other night. She said, "It was so terrible I didn't want to tell anyone about it." She was trapped in a pipe and she couldn't get out. She couldn't turn in any direction and couldn't go back or forward. She says, "The worst part? Everyone knew I was in there but nobody came to get me out." She looked at me and said, "That is exactly how I feel right now."
I know how she feels. Sometimes we are so trapped in our circumstances that we lose hope. People tell you to look at the picture, but the "big picture" has become blurry and out of focus. It no longer means anything. All you can do is think of where you are right now, and you don't see an end to it. That fact makes it hard to put one foot in front of the other.
You wake, still exhaused from the day before. Leftover stress. You wonder how to feel that freedom that you know is rightfully yours in Christ, because all you feel now is imprisoned in a cell without hope of parole.
There are few things I know for sure. One of them is, Jesus came so that we wouldn't have to feel that way ever again. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36
After all.......we have the very same Holy Spirit that allowed Paul to sing hymns of praise while locked in prison. And it is that Spirit that gives us the freedom to have hope even in the midst of our circumstances, whatever they may be, however they try to enslave us.
As in this picture above, we see life and beauty on the other side, but we just don't know how to get there. We feel that vision is for someone else, not us. Not right now anyway.
It is in that very moment God is asking us to seek Him. "But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul." Deuteronomy 4:29
I like how that verse is worded. God is saying that we need to seek Him in that very instance where we feel that hope is lost. That very moment when we are most overwhelmed and discouraged. Hope is lost when we begin to feel like we will end, before our present circumstance does.
Our old enemy wants us to think this way. His goal hasn't changed since the very beginning, to kill, steal and destroy. He knows he can't have our soul, so he does everything else he possibly can to steal everything else from us, including our hope and joy. That is exactly what happens when we look too far into the future. We read things into it...... think that things will always be the way they are now. Jesus knew how we are, that is why He had some very good advice.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Jesus.
There is a way out.......Ask God to be with you in that moment and He will. He has promised it, and God can't ever go back on His word. He may not remove the circumstance, but He will provide you with peace in it, and give you more than enough strength to deal with it.
In order to counteract those other voices, we need to fill our thoughts with God's promises found in His word.
Get alone with God. Find some time for yourself. Even Jesus had to go off alone, many times.
Start the day determined to ask for strength for that day and that day alone.
Draw comfort from the fact that others are praying for you.
And last but not least, continue to tell God the things you are thankful for. Satan hates that most of all.