Pink Prison Doors

I remember some years ago hearing about some of the prisons going pink. It was said that the color pink has a calming effect on people and out of that theory, this was tried out at several prisons to see if it would help to lower the amount of fights that took place. Lately, this has been something I have been thinking about in terms of how often do we get comfortable in our bondage?

We can make our home in spiritual bondage. We plaster the walls and decorate our cell until it looks like a decent living space. We convince ourselves that for as long as we stay there, we are okay. Sometimes we are there so long that we forget what the world is like outside our little prison-home.

This summer, along with the church book club I read a personal favorite of mine –Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.  Redeeming Love is such a powerful story based on the Old Testament book of Hosea told in a modernized format. I am amazed how beautifully Francine captured the emotion and truth throughout this book. One line from this book haunted me for weeks and it brings me back to the pink prison doors:

“Would you have her hang on her cross forever?”

For Angel, the main character, she was chained to her past – a life filled with unspeakable horrors. She was delivered, but the physical deliverance did not free her mind. She was so stuck in the shame of where she had been, she didn’t realize that she was free. Her husband Michael tells her this: “You’re free. You just don’t know it yet.”

It is like those pink prison doors. We get comfortable in our bondage. The door could be open but we never walk out because freedom can be scary sometimes. The familiar can feel safer than the unknown.

As Angel returns to her past life, I realized the weight carried in the words: “Would you have her hang on her cross forever?” And that is even when healing comes to your heart, sometimes you have to go back still in order to move forward. Even after healing comes, sometimes the mindset still is where you have been, or who you were. It may be true that the pain is not as prevalent as it was, but you still don’t see how you “fit” in the place that you are now. You are tormented in paradise because you know that you do not deserve to be there.

Going back allows you to see that the you who has been transformed by love does not belong in the past either. It brings a shift in thinking and a recognition of redemption.

In choosing to risk and step out your heart is transformed by the love of God.

Are you surrounded by pink prison doors? Listen for the voice of God calling you out. God’s best for you lies not in the familiarity of your bondage, but in the adventure that freedom brings to you.

Do you want to be free?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. RococoReport
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 13:10:46

    I can relate! I am so grateful to be out of that place of bondage. Thank God for His Freedom!


  2. 4
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 06:47:03

    This is a topic which is close to my heart… Take care!
    Exactly where are your contact details though?


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