You’re trapped. But not really. Limited. But not entirely. Your life is lived in a pit that you have hewn out for yourself. At birth you are automatically given a 3’x6’x6′ hole in the ground. It is all yours! At first there is plenty of room. New things are being discovered day by day. The smell is sweet and moist. There are tiny holes and tunnels in the walls that lead to other life forms and their abodes. Even the soil itself is unique. You can detect trace elements woven through it. There are pebbles, roots and fragments of by-gone days. The sky above gives a glimpse of another realm, but for now you are occupied with your immediate surroundings.
As you grow, you discover there are certain needs to be met while living in this hole. Upkeep is one of the biggest time consumers. Every day you are faced with the decision to clean or not to clean. Debris blows in; rain falls down, and the earth begins to crumble around you. Your first reaction is to pack the loose fragments of earth back into their places, discard the debris and make futile attempts at scooping the water back out. But as the elements degrade your environment at an every increasing rate, you realize that more drastic measures will be needed.
You pull yourself from your pit and begin a sloth-like crawl along the surface of the earth. Due to the strong gravitational pull which is similar to Jupiter, progress is painful. Every inch is strenuous, but necessary. Eventually you reach your destination, the dwelling of another, and barter for supplies needed to repair your own “home”. This commute becomes a regular event in your life. You must do it in order to survive.
Over the years, you accumulate a few treasures. You are even able to shore up the sides of your home to prevent much of the natural decay. The earth dwellers around you have labored for the same results and reasons that you have. Some have been more successful than others. There are pits shored up with wood, and there are some with concrete and granite. A few have diligently carved out an even larger dwelling than their original. Yet others merely gave up and let the earth fall back in around them.
As the days wear on, questions begins to nag at the corners of your mind. Is this all there is to life? Why must it be such a struggle? Do others struggle too or do they have a secret for survival?
That night as you lie awake in your pit staring at the limitless, starry sky, you begin to sense a movement. Your body begins to rise effortlessly from the depth. You float higher and higher into the night. Everything you have known is now below you like a blueprint. You can see the paths you drag yourself over day after day as well as the paths of all the other earth dwellers around you. The sensation is one of awe and wonder.
Higher and higher you rise until you are suspended far above the earth in space. The vastness is almost frightening, but at the same time liberating. Movement is uninhibited. Weight is lifted. There is a peace that you have never known. When you look back upon the earth, your dwelling cannot be seen nor the paths that you have worn. Even the elements that brought certain destruction in the early years are gracefully gliding over the surface of the planet like a feather stroking a child’s face.
You feel the years of toil and worry slipping from your tensed muscles. Joy seems to bubble from deep within. You find yourself laughing and crying at once. Space suddenly becomes your friend, a friend like you’ve never known before. It wraps itself around you like a warm blanket and gives you an abiding sense of security. And as infinite as space is, it is very personal. You belong to it, and it is inside you. You think, “If only this could last forever.”
Moments later you wake in your cold, dank depression. The walls seem to close in as never before. The earth’s gravity crushes you against itself. Breathing is strenuous and movement seemingly impossible. Then in the depth of your soul, you realize it has always been thus. It is only you who have changed. You have been given a glimpse into another realm – a life of freedom and joy. Was it a dream? Was it real?
In that moment you know the truth. It was real. And just as you were in space and space was in you, and you knew a peace and liberty that you had never experienced before, you realize that you can overcome the gravity of this earth and walk in opposition to it. All it requires is that you embrace the expanse around you and that you live and move in it and allow it to flow from within you.
The choice is yours. Do you struggle through your remaining years, living under the weight of an earthly existence or do you soar with a newness of life? It is a daily decision, but one that must be made because now you know there is a portal that can transport you to a higher plain. Will you surrender to it?
“The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you free from sin and death.” Romans 8:2 CEV