A few weeks ago, I found myself at a crossroad in life. At the fork in the road, there were two paths left up to me to take. It appeared that one path would take me back down the pain, misery, and confusion God had already rescued me from. The other path was unpredictable, but yet looked exciting, new, and adventurous. I couldn’t see all the stops on the road without traveling it; but I was drawn to wonder what the future road would lead to. Holy Spirit said, “You can’t take both roads. Today, you must choose”. Far too long, I had allowed myself to hold on to compartments of my past. I had held so tight to what life use to be that I could not enjoy what God intended for it to be. I was weighed down and had found myself in critical condition. My body would not move, my mind would not think, and my heart begin to close up to anything that drew near. I was in need of a real Intensive Care Unit. I almost gave up; but God did not give up on me. He sent his angels to pull me back up, He gave me a second wind, and whispered in my ear, “You’re one minute from freedom.” Freedom was mine all along. There was only one thing standing in between what Christ did for me on the cross. Imagine being enslaved, trapped, entangled in bondage, and the only thing keeping you from being set free was one moment of truth. John 8:32 says, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” For twenty-seven years, I was at the brink of freedom trying to go around, over, and under the door of truth. No matter how much I reached for FREEDOM; I could never get close enough to have it because truth stood in the way!
Once I made up in my mind that TRUTH was the key to unlock my freedom and that my freedom was not only for me but for my family and for God’s kingdom, I crawled up to the door. I wiped my tears, shook my fears, and opened my mouth. Whatever revelation the Lord wanted to reveal I surrendered. I told it and I told all of it. The TRUTH, that is! In a moment God redeemed all the years I was trying to go around, under, and over truth. He gave me back twenty-seven years in a matter of minutes and the for the first time in my life, I was able to say and mean, “Goodbye Past. Hello Future!”
Counting it All Joy,