Are we ever really trapped?

Recently, as a part of a Discovery Bound Bend activity, I went to a corn maze on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  My wife, church friends, and I all marched bravely and happily in to explore the maze.  Now, I think corn mazes are really fun, but it’s good to do them when you have a wide-open afternoon, so you can simply enjoy finding your way through the maze.  However, Lindsey and I had a commitment later that afternoon.  Although we had a great time exploring, when it was time to head back to the exit, I was feeling a little anxious.  Running through the maze didn’t seem to help, either, because all that happened was I got lost quicker.  I was trapped!

Well, you may be laughing at me right now (I am!), but aren’t there many times in life when we feel trapped?  The limits shutting off our options seem so impressive that we can only trudge through those limits till we find an escape.  And human willpower (expressed, for instance, in running through the maze rather than calmly walking and looking) only makes matters worse.

But what if those limits and obstacles are only as solid as that corn maze?

While looking for the proper turn to take in the maze, my wife pointed out that the parking lot was just 30 feet away – we could see it through the walls of corn.   I realized what Lindsey had probably known all along: we were never actually trapped.  Corn is not exactly an impregnable barrier; it was only my insistence on abiding by the rules (the limits) which trapped me.  In ten seconds, we walked through the walls and were at our car.  Free at last!

Later, I got to thinking about the impact of this adventure.  Although the corn maze had a fairly obvious solution, are any limits really more substantial?  Are we ever actually trapped?

The concluding citation of this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson gives a definite answer.  It’s found on page 227 of Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.  “Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and cries: ‘Follow me!  Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin, and death!’  Jesus marked out the way.  Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free!  This is your divine right.”

There is no limit that could ever trap us.  We never have to agree with the ‘rules’ of limits: “You don’t have enough experience to succeed,” or, “I’m just not attractive to the folks I want to be with, “ or even, “I’m too old to expect good health.”  We never have to agree that we are less than God’s image and likeness, as promised in Genesis 1:27 of the Bible.

Let’s dare to dive in to our native freedom.  Cast off any limiting thought that comes, no matter how reasonable it may seem, and agree to see how unlimited God made us – you, me, and everyone!

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