In the book Alice in Wonderland, we watch as Alice follows a rabbit down his hole into a make believe world.
This fairy tale isn’t just for kids . . . we adults often chase “bunnies” down their hole into an imaginary world. Let me explain . . .
This winter I was standing in the middle of the Atrium at our church and glimpsed my husband sitting on a couch over in the corner. As I looked more closely, I noticed his ear pressed to his phone and the look on his face told me it wasn’t good.
I felt my heart rise into my throat and my thoughts raced to a very dark place . . . MY SON IS DEAD! He’s been killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. In the space of seconds, I went from wondering what we were going to eat that night to planning a funeral right there in the middle of the atrium.
As I started to charge over to where my husband sat, I felt the Lord say, “STOP! Don’t go down that rabbit hole. You have no idea what the call is about, why are you going to the worst place possible? Why are you panicking over something you don’t even know has happened?”
In a blink, I dived down the hole into an imaginary world of my own making.
As I stood there, rooted to the floor, a verse came rushing into my mind, “. . . we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10.5 (NIV)
The challenge: to refuse to go down into the abyss, to reject the inherent desire to get sucked into the whirling vortex of dark thoughts.
We always have a choice regarding our thoughts . . .
Will we take themcaptive or will they take uscaptive?
But HOW do we take them captive when they feel like a force of nature we can’t control? Seriously, how do we keep our fears from taking us captive when they are overwhelming and all-consuming?
By camping out on TRUTH.
Philippians 4.8 in the Message says it like this . . . Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things TRUE, NOBLE, REPUTABLE, AUTHENTIC, COMPELLING GRACIOUS – The BEST, not the worst; the BEAUTIFUL, not the ugly; things to PRAISE, not things to curse.
We take our thoughts captive by turning to Truth and filling our minds with what is good and right.
2 Corinthians 10.4-6 (MSG) says, We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
Are we fitting our loose thoughts and emotions into the structure of a life shaped by Christ or are we allowing them to run rampant in our lives?
It’s our choice, to take them captive or allow them to take us captive. We will never experience true, victorious freedom in Christ until we learn to imprison in our thoughts and surrender them to Him.
Oh Lord, we need your help! We cannot stop the thoughts from coming but we can take them captive. Give us Your power and strength to refuse to journey down the hole into our make believe world. Teach us to follow You, the Author of Truth. Amen.