December 03, 2011

A step to freedom


Do you find yourself living beneath an invisible banner that starts with the words “If only?”  or “Why?” 

There always seems to be something that holds you back from going where you heart wants to be.

What stories or events do you find yourself repeating in your mind that wind up holding you back?  Or what thoughts keep ruminating constantly around the question of “Why”?

Sometimes it takes one small step to change the self-imposed limitations that you have put upon yourself or to shake off the paralyzing thoughts of “why” due to circumstances that may not have been of your own making.

This is the place where we find four lepers in 2 Kings 7:3-7.  If they remain at the entrance of the gate to the city in Samaria they would die because of the severe famine in the land.  Yet, if they entered the city they knew the famine was there as well so they felt stuck – in their minds and in their circumstances.

One day they decided to act knowing that simply sitting where they were was not going to accomplish anything.  Their thoughts were “Why sit here until we die?”  This famine was not of their making, their leprosy was not of their own making but self-defeating thoughts due to circumstances held them back in apathy and lack of direction.

It was time for one small step.

Kings 7:3-7 Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? ...‘We will enter the city...’

A decision was made to step forward knowing that life cannot remain this way. 

A decision made with little faith because they didn’t know what would happen as famine was within the city as well.  

Yet they still stepped out and that is something we must do. We may not feel that “great” leap of faith, that assurance that things will change for the better but there is that nudge to move, to take a step.  

This is where it starts, a knowing that we must move from where we are at.
Where we are “at” may be a real-world limitation, like it was for the 4 lepers or it may be a self-imposed limitation based on self-doubt, negative outlooks, a “if only” mentality. 

But if our heart is nudging us to move, then take that small step forward.
The miraculous thing is that God magnifies our simple steps.  As we begin to move in obedience to Him, He now can work with what we have given Him and things do begin to change.

There had been a famine in Samaria due to the fact that the Syrian army had seized the city and taken all of the food and supplies from the people, to the point where a donkeys head and dove droppings were being sold for food and the Samarian people were actually eating their own children just to stay alive (2 Kings 6:24-30)

Samaria was besieged by an army that was slowly starving them to death. Sometimes the evil one besieges our mind and our circumstances as well – cutting off “supplies” until our mind is in a great famine caught between a rock and a hard place.

Yet one small step out from this is what God may be asking of us today and as we begin to move then God’s spirit is then able to magnify the sound of our “moving” as He did with the 4 lepers.

“They came to the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there.  For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; …”  and the army fled for their lives. The city was freed and slowly they could begin to rebuild their lives. 

One small step is maybe all that is needed for change to begin; in our circumstances and in our mind.

A decision to move forward knowing that life cannot remain this way.

One small step, that will allow God to come alongside us breaking those chains of thought or circumstances that have held us captive for too long.

Maybe it is time to step away from where we are; a step to freedom.


I would love to hear from you.



Four Lepers: the story

2 Kings 7:3-7 Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said to one another, “Why are we sitting here until we die? If we say, ‘We will enter the city,’ the famine is in the city, and we shall die there. And if we sit here, we die also. Now therefore, come, let us surrender to the army of the Syrians. If they keep us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall only die.” And they rose at twilight to go to the camp of the Syrians; and when they had come to the outskirts of the Syrian camp, to their surprise no one was there. 6 For the Lord had caused the army of the Syrians to hear the noise of chariots and the noise of horses—the noise of a great army; so they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired against us the kings of the Hittites and the kings of the Egyptians to attack us!” 7 Therefore they arose and fled at twilight, and left the camp intact—their tents, their horses, and their donkeys—and they fled for their lives

There had been a famine in Samaria due to the fact that the Syrian army had seized the city and taken all of the food and supplies from the people, to the point where a donkeys head and dove droppings were being sold for food and the Samarian people were actually eating their own children just to stay alive (2 Kings 6:24-30)

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