Part 5 to The Crying Room, The Bitterness Room, The Anger
Room, and The Way Out
Emma couldn't believe how brightly
the sun was shining -- and she was exhausted!
She felt like she'd run a marathon,
or fought a great battle. She felt like a victory had been
As indeed it had…
"You did it, Emma! You
found The Way Out! I'm sooo proud of you -- I knew you could
do it…I knew it all along!"
Emma stared at Joy.
"You knew I would be here?!"
Joy smiled and hugged Emma
"I knew…because I know
how the well-dressed man operates…I knew because you remind
me so much of ME."
"Oh, no…YOU would never
end up in a place like this. You're so…well…Joy-like.
Besides, Joy, you must admit -- you have the perfect life.
You have no issues, no problems."
"Of course I do…or I did.
They are in the Father's hands now. He has freed me to be
Joy…I haven't always been like this, you know.
so peaceful! So complete! You have a wonderful husband
who loves you, who's still alive -- your children walk with
"You are right, Emma,
God has blessed me with a wonderful husband. My children
are learning to walk with the Father…we have our ups and
downs…but…is that your idea of completeness, peace, and
Emma stared at Joy, not understanding.
"What I'm saying is…can
you not be complete unless you have these things yourself,
right now? Emma, your children, too, are learning to walk
with the Father. I see great progress in all 3 of them!
You have given them a great gift by bringing them to church-leading
them to pursue the things of God. You are doing your task
well…their salvation is in God's hands…you must trust
"I so admire your relationship
with your parents. Oh, how I have always wanted Godly parents,
Emma. And Godly grandparents for my children…I never had
that. You are truly blessed. And…I wish I could draw like
you do. God has given you such a gift as an artist. You
are able to put all of your feelings into your work…how
do you do it? It is truly a gift. I can't even draw a simple
picture…and your children! They have your same gift in artistry!
I've seen it in all 3 of them!"
Emma had stopped walking and
stood listening. Tears began to trickle down her cheeks.
Tears of Joy's revelation. "Emma, your family is so
blessed by God. He is at work! Your prayers have been so
sincere, and even though John was killed, I know that
God was working in his life, and you must trust the Father!"
Emma couldn't speak. She had
never thought of herself as blessed. She had never seen
herself through Joy's eyes.
"Now, my dear friend, we must get those chains off
of you. They will hinder your walk, you know. It's time
to be truly free."
Emma looked down at her feet,
not understanding. She gasped! She had never seen those
chains before! Both of her ankles were laden down with the
biggest, ugliest, strongest-looking chains she had ever
So this was causing the
heaviness in her step?! She had no idea! But it was
all starting to make sense…
"How….? I mean, where…WHO
put these chains on me?"
Joy bent down, pulling on Emma's
chains while she talked.
"The well-dressed man
did this…oh, he does this to all of us, Emma. In fact, we
even help him put on our own chains. Yes, these are strong.
He's done quite a job here…"
Emma shook her head, not believing.
"But, I didn't help him do this…I didn't even know…"
Joy looked up and smiled.
"Oh, honey, listen. Do
you remember giving in to those feelings? That sadness…the
bitterness and anger? The well-dressed man is our enemy!
He directs us to those rooms of darkness. As we embrace
the emotions he sends our way, we are securing these chains
on ourselves, more and more. The enemy hands us the chains…but
he does not turn the key. We do that."
Joy dropped the chains she
had been pulling on -- Emma's chains. She looked up. Her
eyes were serious. Her purpose was sure.
"Emma, I cannot free you.
You must do this. You must give these chains to the Father,
once and for all. They are still connected, don't you see?"
Emma looked back. Horrified,
she realized that the other end of her imprisonment went
back into the darkness.
Joy began to walk away.
"Joy! Wait! I don't know
how to do this!!! Help me be free!"
Joy looked back, with love
in her eyes.
"This is your journey,
Emma. I can't free you…only Jesus can do that. Continue
in your walk…He will direct you. But I will not go far…."
Joy, squinting in the sunlight,
smiled at Emma.
"Go on! Seek the Father
now…I will be waiting."
Emma was uncertain of the Way.
So, she just began walking, feeling the heaviness with each
As she continued her walk,
keeping her mind on Him, she began to feel the closeness
of the Father. Could she reach out and touch Him? Surely
she could speak to Him…
Father…do you see these
Tears began to stream down
Emma's face, yet again.
Father, I want to be free!
I'm beginning to understand now! It's me! I'm putting these
chains on, whenever I am sad, whenever I feel lonely or
whenever I look at others…my friends…who have their husbands…whenever
I compare myself… I've been listening to that awful well-dressed
man! This is hindering my walk with You. Forgive me. I'm
I don't understand why these
bad things have happened in my life! I don't understand
why John had to die -- and it's hard parenting these teen-agers!
I don't always like it!
But I see now. You've been
there to help me, to pick me up. You have had a plan all
along, I just refused to look…
Help me to embrace Your
plan. It is the best way! In the Name of Your Son, Jesus
Christ, I choose Your Way!! I want to be free!
…not just free for a moment…but
Suddenly she had the urge to
run. Smiling to herself, she took off, at breakneck speed,
dodging branches and entanglements along the way.
She looked down at her feet
and gasped out loud! The chains were gone!
Now she was at peace…full of
She kept running, but she turned
and looked quickly behind her. Joy was catching up to her!
She couldn't keep the laughter inside…Emma was finally free!
Do you need Emma's Joy in your
own life? Oh, how easy it is to be weighed down by our own
chains -- chains of grief, chains of bitterness, of anger,
and even of guilt.
God the Father desires so much
more for you, my friend.
You see, SALVATION is the key
to freedom for the unbeliever…
ABIDING is the key to freedom
for the believer…
ABIDE IN HIM.
Refuse to wear those chains
Be free, indeed!
answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever
commits sin is a slave of sin.
And a slave does not abide in the house forever,
but a son abides forever.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
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