From The Shack
"THE DARKNESS HIDES THE TRUE SIZE OF FEARS AND LIES AND REGRETS....THE TRUTH IS THEY ARE MORE SHADOW THAN REALITY, SO THEY SEEM BIGGER IN THE DARK. WHEN THE LIGHT SHINES INTO THE PLACES THEY LIVE, YOU START TO SEE THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE."
"But why do we keep all that crap inside?" Mack asked."Because you believe it is safer there. And, sometimes, when you're a kid trying to survive, it really is safer there. Then you grow up on the outside, but on the inside you're still that kid in the dark cave surrounded by monsters, and out of habit you keep adding to your collection. We collect things we value, you know?"
It seems that fear and the difficulties it causes the human race, collectively and individually, continues to pop up on my radar screen...daily. It's a good reminder for me. When we are living out of fear everything will be skewed. Attempting to walk through life seeing everything in front of us and inside us through this prism of fear will keep us trapped in destructive cycles. It is a hindrance to walking in the freedom of God and extending love to the people in front of us and beyond.
I find myself in a place where I hear a constant unbroken whisper of...DO NOT BE AFRAID. It feels so much like a renewing of my mind that has been at work in me pushing out and drowning out the ridiculous voices that used to govern my every moment. It's really amazing when I think about how twisted around things had been due to living in the future and the past which in turn kept me trapped in fear every moment. These days I'm learning to live in the moment and coming to realize the fears were usually flowing from the thoughts of an imagined future shaped by a past lived in fear. Father's love for me and the security found from being at home with him again continues to shine a light into those dark places, revealing that in most cases the fears really were more shadow than anything real. If we can find freedom from living in the unreal/imagined futures through finding healing so that we can leave behind the regrets and pains of the past, living in the moment is the only place there is left to live...and Jesus is there in that place waiting for us. Vision begins to clear up as we live in the moment with him because the distortions created by the prism of fear begin to be refined. We begin to see things for what they really are and come to realize that running back into the darkness no longer makes any sense.