One of the worst feelings for me to feel is “trapped”.
There have been several times in my life where I’ve felt trapped.
In a job. In a relationship. In a belief system.
I find it interesting now that each and every time I felt trapped… sometimes for years… it took a dream to make me realize a very important truth that has stuck with me:
I’M NOT TRAPPED!
Indeed, I went to sleep feeling hopelessly trapped, and woke up realizing I wasn’t trapped.
Nothing changed, but everything changed.
What the dreams made me realize was that what was making me feel trapped was MY FEAR of the consequences of not acting trapped.
Let me explain.
When I was in a terrible ministry situation, I felt hopelessly trapped. There was no way out. I was married and had 3 kids. It was a huge risk to quit a secure job and paycheck. But when I awakened from the dream, I realized that I was just afraid of the risk.
I wasn’t trapped. I was afraid.
Once I saw that, I could find the courage to take the risk. Why? Because I’d rather be free and afraid than trapped and hopeless.
Yes, it was difficult, scary, and risky. But we also remember that period as one of the most exciting and adventurous times of our lives.
Do you feel trapped? Maybe you’re really not. Maybe you’re just afraid. Perhaps justifiably so. But once you see that you still have the power to make a choice, you’re no longer such a victim, and you can make a move. If you choose.
Love you guys.