Cut the Cord

I remember the day I felt the freedom of flight as a toddler, soaring down a rocky hill on my big green bicycle – without the guiding hand of my big brother. It was a moment when he and my younger brother convinced me I was ready to tackle the hill alone. I remember them cheering me on as they gave my bike a gentle push and told me to pedal. I was terrified at first. But as I began to experience the freedom of the wind blowing through my pigtails, I started to believe I could actually do this. I took a deep breath, and my heart leaped with each shift of the handlebars as I tried to master pedaling and steering downhill. I couldn’t believe it. 

But what was so energizing quickly turned to terror as I realized the bike was moving faster and faster, and all I knew to do was to pedal. I was frantic! I could hear laughter at the top of the hill as my body jerked from side to side as my speed increased. The laughter became faint as I observed my legs swing helplessly alongside the bike after the bike made contact with the rocks on the path. I tried steering into the grass but encountered small dips and holes. I felt completely out of control. As I neared the bottom of the hill, I could hear my brothers again, but this time they were screaming for me to “Brake!” Miraculously, my feet found the pedals, and I forced them in reverse, causing the bike to stop immediately, throwing me to the ground. My brothers raced down the hill to my side to help me up, making sure I was okay. After checking out the bruises on my knees and elbows, they became convinced I would survive. They walked my bike up the hill for me and, through laughter, insisted I was an expert bike rider after enduring such an experience.

I didn’t understand the importance of appreciating bumpy journeys in my life until I took a deep breath and cut the cord from what was familiar and comfortable. If I’m truthful about it, God was instrumental in helping me arrive at such a realization. God positioned me on a journey where I had to make the critical decision to resist everything He revealed as bondage. For years, I allowed the enemy to distort the image of what God sees me to be. For years, I held my breath as I went from one experience to the next, doing what others expected of me, not fully embracing the adventure God was beckoning me to. When things got out of control, I often tried to keep steering when God was near, ready to take the wheel. I recognize now I did not give myself permission to take a deep breath. I did not allow God to lead. Once I did, I experienced freedom on levels I did not know existed, which gave me the confidence to cut the cord from anyone and anything that jeopardized that freedom. The truth is – anyone who doesn’t want you free wants you in chains. 

Galatians 5:1 states, “Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore, stand firm and don’t submit to the bondage of slavery again.”

Walk down the road less traveled – take a deep breath and cut the cord! 

Surrender to God! Resist the devil, and he will run from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you… (James 4:7-8)” 

Be well. Live well.

Take a Deep Breath

‘It’ came out of nowhere and disrupted your plans. You perceived ‘it’ to be disastrous and described it as horrendous, then suddenly recognized ‘it’ came from God’s hand. Your rush of selfishness almost prevented you from experiencing the move of God miraculously and unexpectedly. The pivotal light bulb moment came when you stopped your complaining, stopped replaying the events and emotions of your disaster, and took a deep breath. You exhaled.  It felt so good; you did it again. And as quickly as you released another breath, the intricacies of your ordeal forcibly rushed into the newly liberated corners of your mind. Without hesitation and with specific intent, you exhaled once more. You felt your spirit uncoil from its grimacing state and felt the grace of wings flutter within you warding off what was no longer welcome, allowing God’s voice and warmth to fill every space.

God is clear. He can move through anything and anyone to remind us of His covenant with us. He will do it, not to harm, but to offer us a future and a hope. Therefore, we must give Him our undivided attention. We must step away from those things and people who lure us into frantic behavior and dangerous practices. Settle down. Take a moment to exhale and commune with God to gain a new perspective.

At the beginning of time, the breath of God made all things good. His goodness is available to us in our most uncomfortable moments. Breathe in, breathe out. Allow your gratitude to God to fill you with peace and a new mindset that settles you in a safe space with Him. God is relentless in His love for us, and He is committed to His covenant with us! Give way to God for a rebirth of an unshakeable belief that He is the master of possibilities. Let Him breathe on you. And allow His goodness to awaken a life committed to the will of the Almighty God, a life that offers you peace.

“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:31-33