So as you may recall, I’m in a blog circle with some dear friends. Each month we post one image that is the most significant image for us that month. My image was easy to choose. I participated in a class in which I was challenged to confront a personal battle in my life. I was told to take a photograph that symbolized freeing myself from that struggle.
Whew. Anyone who knows me, knows this assignment pushed my boundaries, but I did it, and here it is.
The graves and leaning marker represent the perceptions and pieces of life that threaten us, and try to trap us, but are part of the human existence here on earth.
To represent breaking free, I had planned to hold part of the gate that I knew was broken. The gate is always leaning against the rest of the fence. On this day, it was tied securely to the fence with a rusty old wire that appeared to be there for decades. Why hadn’t I seen that wire before?
I realized, I wasn’t to hold the gate because I didn’t break it down. I needed to hold my bible to remind me I can’t fight this alone. The battle has been won, Christ is my Redeemer. I just need to believe it.
Two scriptures came to mind:
I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Some people (maybe even me) mistake faith for being weak and passive, but these words were written by the apostle Paul – while in prison being persecuted for sharing what he believed and experienced. Hardly passive.
So I don’t know what you are facing, but I pray you are facing it with Christ. I pray you will look to Him when all human strength is sapped. I pray you will seek Him to have life more abundantly. I pray you will seek Him when you are reluctant to face the very things that are holding you back. Take those first steps. He will be there.
Please check out my dear friend Stacey’s NYC blog to see the amazing stuff she’s captured this month! http://vukeljnyc.com/blog/one-april