Reflections · Seasons

CHAINS

If you are scared of heights and transparent glass lifts like I am, you can relate with the fact that everytime we find ourselves in such situations and we look down or look through respectively, there is always a feeling of ‘falling off’; a very scary feeling that cannot be explained. Those with Claustrophobia like me, again, Haha…can relate with the fact that tiny enclosed dark places including covering oneself with a duvet or a blanket to the face, brings the chills, it is suffocating!

Despite having all these tendencies, we still board planes, still get on lifts and still once in a while find ourselves in tiny dark rooms. Where am I going with all these phobic tendencies? Our past is exactly like them. How do we manage all these tendencies? by choosing not to look down or look through. We can also choose to sleep half covered to avoid the feeling of suffocation at night.

I recently realized that if I keep looking at what I did or did not do in the past, I am like that dog that is chained. It has great potential to guard but he or she can only go so far.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalms 103:11-12)

There is also another promise in scripture, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

These are beautiful scriptures that help us see that, if we find ourselves in situations that prompt us to ‘look down’ or ‘look through’, we do not have to. All we have to do, is focus on the moment we are in. If, for instance, you are about to make a life-changing presentation, focus on the fact that you have that opportunity in the first place. Yes you blew it in the past, but don’t ‘look down’, don’t ‘look through’. The past is your old which God has cast out as far as the East is from the west. The new is here! The opportunity is here to take another shot, now wiser, bigger and better. The past is such a dream killer! We cannot change it and that is why God assures us of His consistent and constant love, that regardless of what the past consists, the old is gone, in His book, it is all erased and He has opened for us a new page, a new chapter.

What if I keep ‘looking down’ or ‘looking through the glass’? There is always a reason why you keep referring to your past, are you aware of that reason? Pick out the root cause of your looking back, referring to the previous page, yet a new chapter has been opened for you and I by virtue of Christ dying on that cross. If you keep falling back to negative habits, there is a source and a root cause for that, if we do not invoke God to deal with the root, believe it or not our lives will be nothing but a vicious cycle. It can be extremely frustrating. What do you use your phone for? Your laptop/computer? Your iPods?…What kind of places do you visit? The company you keep?…Ask God to help you pick out the root cause.

A friend of mine relates how, after buying a house, he decided to get rid of an old bamboo plant in his driveway. He cut the plant down, took an ax to its roots, and, after destroying as much of it as he could, he poured bluestone, a plant poison, on what remained.Finally, he filled the hole where the plant had been with several feet of gravel that he tamped tightly and paved over with cement. Two years later, the cement heaved as the bamboo plant began to slowly break through the pavement. Its life principle, that blind pressure to grow, was not thwarted by axes, poison, and cement.

Ronald Rohleiser, The Holy Longing

From that illustration, it goes without say that the famous proverb, Old habits die hard is indeed true. He only destroyed as much of it, not all of it and that is why even against the pavement and the poison it still grew. Root is key when it comes to breaking free from addictions and chains that tie us to our past. But God is able to break every kind of chain, all we have to do is surrender to Him and allow him to work on us. He is able. Question is are you willing to surrender?

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Chain-breaker

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