Learning to Live in Liberty

by Christine Sine
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By Joy Lenton

As we continue to ponder the wonder of the resurrection of Jesus and His release from death’s steely grip, we would love our own mini-resurrections as such to be just as sudden, miraculous and breathtaking.

For the healing to be spontaneous, pain to disappear, long held hopes to be met and dreams to come true. Because sitting within the dark soil of our thorny, intractable situations, we long for release, new life to burst forth and bloom brightly.

But what if faith and change look more like a long walk of obedience in the same direction? What if simply showing up and saying a daily yes to God could precipitate alteration and heavenly celebration?

We say it is good to let go and let God, while many of us actually want Him to loose us from the chains of daily captivity – from a life-less-ordinary, unwanted circumstances, overly busy schedules, the stress and strain of our earthly existence.

In the letting go we are actually still rooted in reality, but the difference is we are trusting God for outcomes we cannot see. It’s not a resignation, a careless giving up or a turning away from those challenges. It’s a heart’s moment by moment decision to loose the hours and the future into God’s hands, to choose to trust where we cannot see, to decide to yield to His will and ways for our lives.

It’s letting our cares and concerns be looked after by our Burden-Bearer, allowing our own perceived control to go, to release stress, strain and pain to the One who gives us His perfect peace right in the midst of life’s muddles and mess.

And in the unloosing, we discover how it begins to make us free on the inside. Resurrection hope means that real freedom lies in a surrendered heart and life. Externally, life may go on as before but we are able to see things from a fresh perspective, have hope renewed, sense relief and feel at peace as our souls rejoice in the giving over to God.

Living in liberty

Sinking again into the darkness

of our self-inflicted tombs,

we often fail to see or sense God’s

presence within. He waits with patient

tenderness and deep willingness

to roll away those confining stones

which seal our hope and prevent

us living in His Light and liberty.

All God asks of us is a willing yes

as He works diligently to remove

one obstacle after another, to reveal

His great grace and unfailing desire

to be our soul’s first, true Lover,

dearest friend, guide and brother.



Is it easy? By no means. We lean toward God’s light while our wayward hearts tug us toward the  accustomed darkness. It’s a decisive stretch in His direction, a matter of mind over matter and a wobbly walk of faith that leads to our souls rising strong.

My own heart has been down dark pathways recently as inexplicable discouragement sat heavy within. Life is so often not what we want it to be. There has been a real inner tussle and a painful deliberation to pursue peace and joy when it all seems so elusive.

But I urge you to keep looking toward the light of God’s countenance, keep pursuing Jesus for all you are worth and fight for your faith when it feels like everything around you is trying to pull you away from it.

We have our struggles because we live in a fallen world and in the here-but-not-fully-here-yet Kingdom where the enemy seeks to push us to our knees – and that’s in despair rather than prayer.

Yet we see glimpses of grace whenever we look for them. We see life and truth and beauty. We see joy in the midst of pain and hope nibbling at the edges of despair.

So if these post-Easter weeks have left you depleted, lift your weary head and remember this –  God loves you so very much; you will be sustained, given strength to live with life’s challenges, hope to replace sadness, unexpected joy in dark places, and grace upon grace to become eternally whole as you are being renewed from the inside out.

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jennethsuzanne May 7, 2016 - 7:43 am

Thank you dear Joy for this beautifully encouraging message, and lovely poem!

Joy Lenton May 8, 2016 - 4:07 am

Jenneth, it’s good to hear that you found encouragement here. Thank you so much for your kind response!

Jill May 7, 2016 - 8:10 am

Wonderful, thank you.

reflectionsofastargazer May 7, 2016 - 12:29 pm

Beautiful wording and a good visual of something we can all relate too.

Joy Lenton May 8, 2016 - 4:01 am

Thank you so much for leaving a sweet, encouraging comment. I’m glad you found something you could relate to here. Bless you.

Cynthia Sinclair May 7, 2016 - 6:53 pm

“My own heart has been down dark pathways recently as inexplicable discouragement sat heavy within.” Joy, at almost 69 yrs of age, I think God chooses some of us to travel the dark pathway, knowing we will be a light in that darkness to others. It has taken me years to reach that understanding and, now, it makes so much sense. We are blind, we are knocked down, we despair, and, yet, each day we find something to keep that fragile thread to God alive and intact. You are an inspiration!

Joy Lenton May 8, 2016 - 3:59 am

Cynthia, I value your insights here. They speak hope and solace into all souls who travel this dark pathway. Because despite how low we may feel at times, in the stretching of our faith toward the Light we also reveal a glimmer to others. I love how you view our yearning and searching as keeping “that fragile thread to God alive and intact.” You inspire me too! Thank you.

Joy Lenton May 8, 2016 - 4:04 am

Jill, I nearly didn’t sumit this article. It was birthed in a period of profound sadness and I was concerned that the primary emotion behind its content might deter readers. Thank you for letting me know it spoke to you. Blessings.

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