Posted by: amylamb | April 12, 2011

Willing Captive

We are the willing captive.

We chain ourselves to circumstances, perceptions, and assumptions that are, at best, unfounded, unprofitable and unnecessary. We allow ourselves to be swayed by popular opinion, over-reactive emotion and unnoticed, yet firmly rooted, deception. And there we stay, holding fast to our captor because we simply have not gathered the courage to boldly ask the one question that cultivates change: Why?

We must lift our gaze beyond our circumstances, perceptions and assumptions and begin to push harder, dig deeper, go beyond face value and seek the true nature of things. How then will we know freedom if we do not first look beyond the captivity of our ignorance? We must be willing to leave the comfort of our chains, enter the wilderness of the unknown and learn to apply our lives to the truth that sets us free.

And yet, the willing captive is led from the land of her bondage by a God who willingly reveals truth and simultaneously provokes the captive’s pursuit. He is the God of the, “here I am … seek Me.” In him alone are “hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3), and He is the one who reveals truth to his people (1 Corinthians 2).

He is the God who guides us into the depths of the wilderness so that we may encounter the questions. But he is also the God who faithfully leads his redeemed to emerge from the desert and into the promised land as resolved, devoted, compelled and committed ambassadors of the Truth that does not turn back, let go, compromise or stand still until it fully transforms a barren world.

. . . One wandering heart at a time.

“Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’” (John 8:32).

Tantum e Tenebris Receptum Constabit.



  1. Nice Latin; neat saying…where does it come from? (Not what it means, I went and looked that up)

  2. I was hoping to see that somewhere in there =)

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