Dear Jesus

Limitations can be liberating, when your strongest desire is living close to Me.

Dear Jesus, 

This is a fascinating concept. It seems almost paradoxical: Liberation is about becoming free, and limitations set boundaries around freedom. My desires bump up against such boundaries many times each day. I do want to live close to You, but I yearn for more freedom in my life.

Beloved, I know your limitations are hard to accept, but I also know how much good I can bring out of them. Many people are troubled by having too much freedom in their lives. This can have a paralyzing effect: They face so many possibilities that making decisions becomes extremely difficult. Your limitations actually provide a solid structure within which you can make choices about your life. Significantly, as you say yes to the boundaries I have placed around you, you can look up and see Me smiling upon you. You realize that up is the only direction where you face no limitations. What’s more, you recognize that this is the most important dimension of your life.

Sometimes you feel cramped because you can’t go very far to the right or the left, forward or backward, without bumping against a boundary. At such times you face an important choice: You can give in to feelings of frustration and self-pity, or you can look up to Me for help. If you choose Me, your limitations will give you wings. You can use those wings to soar heavenward, closer to Me. As you enjoy the heights in My Presence, glance down at the ground where your restrictions await you. From this perspective they look unimpressive—like lines drawn in the earth. Even when you return to ground level and your boundaries surround you again, you can look up to Me anytime. Bask in the Light of My smile, enjoying the easy intimacy of our relationship. Limitations can indeed be liberating, when your utmost desire is to live ever-so-near Me.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

~ Psalm 34:18

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
~ Ephesians 2:6

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
~ 2 Corinthians 3:17

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