I have met many people over the past couple years that seem to have set sail from places of familiarity to find something real...something beyond what they were experiencing. To say these uncharted waters can be a rough ride is an understatement to be sure.
What has been so amazing to me is how things begin to look so differently as one begins to emerge from the place created by denial on one hand and over exaggerations of confidence on the other.
Fear and shame seem to be two of the most difficult and destructive things one must face . I have come to believe that denial and excessive exaggerations of confidence are expressions grounded in fear and shame and lack of trust. They are manifested in many different ways in our lives. We have been duped into believing they are necessary barriers we must construct around ourselves for protection. They actually become prisons and places where acts of denial masquerade as reality.
Grace is the power of God to break through these barriers and God is always at work to accomplish this in us and those around us. But most of us are fighters and until the fight is gone the bars of the prison stand in place keeping us from the thing we all long for. The peace that passes all understanding.
I say, let us set sail for home and put off the fear that binds us and keeps us trapped in a cycle of fight or flight. I have a feeling we will find that many of the people we have been in a struggle with are longing for the very same thing.