Set Free

The last time I traveled abroad to help a client for a project, the house we were staying in was nestled in the deep, dark reaches of what could have been the Congo for all I know. Spiders the size of small dogs, bugs never before photographed by man...this place was creepy.

Well, one night in the laundry room underneath the house, I was transferring clothes from the washer, when a moth the size of a pterodactyl flew out of the dryer. (I suddenly had new clothes to wash.)

I stood and watched this pre-historic bat beat his head against the window trying to escape his laundromat hotel-turned-prison. I noticed it had a portion of its wing missing, but that didn't stop it from flying around my head as it tried desperately to get out. After many attempts, I was able to catch it and throw it outside.

Nice story, right? Well, the next morning I made my way back to the laundry room. I opened the door and wouldn't you know it -- that giant eagle-moth with that broken wing was back at that same window, trying to get out. Trapped again. Same predicament. Same trouble. As I shook my head in disbelief, it dawned on me...I'm a lot like that moth.

Aren't we like that sometimes? We find ourselves in the wrong place, wrong predicament, wrong jungle -- beating our heads against the wall just wishing for a fresh new start? Well, today is the perfect day for a fresh start, both physically and spiritually. It's time to shed the bad habits and wrong decisions and replace them with God-filled choices for abundant health and living. Like my little flying friend, we just have to realize we've been set free.

- Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: Anyone free today? What about your health or your illness do you feel God setting you free from? Is He opening a door or a window, showing you a glimpse of hope and life?