“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” (Isaiah 42:6-7).
When chronic challenges came into my life, it was as if the world had stopped. Oh, life went on around me, but the life I felt within was entirely foreign. It seemed a prison of confusion and pain. I was blindsided and needed answers. Most of all, I desired healing.
I am reminded in this Isaiah passage that Christ is the one who was sent to bring me freedom. I am already assured of his salvation deliverance. What of this imprisonment I feel day after day? I want to cry out his message of love and hope and trust. Is it possible, when so confined, to proclaim his freedom and be credible?
Another question arises. What holds me captive? God recorded each one of my days. He offers life not imprisonment. Am I the one holding myself captive? Sadly, this can be true.
I can look back on decades of my life and remember that in my darkest hours, Christ has brought me through. Christ is my freedom no matter my circumstances. As confined as I have felt, he has remained true to his promise. He has shown me that the only captivity that matters is my being held captive to his faithfulness.
Do I still struggle? Yes. Do I still have to make choices to trust him? Yes. Am I confined? In many worldly ways, yes. But I am confined with Christ who helps me to see not darkness but his light. I can regard my circumstances differently with him. Hopefully, what I see for myself and what I share with others is not my pain, but my hope, not my limitations, but his abundance.
Prayer: Lord, you gave your life for me. Help me continue to recognize the freedom I have in you. You set this prisoner free. I stand content in you. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 27 years of living with daily physical challenges.