A few days ago, as I was folding washing in my bedroom, my daughter asked me a question about the movie, Tangled. Since I have embarked on the process of writing my book about experiencing the heart of the Father through this particular movie, it’s kind of been a regular topic in our household. Particularly for my daughter, who has discovered a fresh affinity for this movie.
“You know, Mum,” she said as I sat on the bed matching socks, “Gothel wasn’t really such a bad mother. She bought Rapunzel special paints and made her the food she liked. Rapunzel didn’t have it so bad.”
“My goodness, Zoe!” I exclaimed. “She stole Rapunzel from her real mother and father; and she used her, for her magical powers. She didn’t let her out of the tower at all.”
This was followed by a fun little debate as to whether it was so bad living in a tower, when you have everything you need inside of it. It was a lovely distraction from the chore I was doing and I didn’t pay too much attention to it, until later in the day, when I started thinking about the walls of my own stronghold that I lived in for such a long time.
Isn’t Gothel just such a great analogy of how the enemy loves to keep us confined in a stronghold, when we were created for the Kingdom? He loves to keep us busy and comfortable. Think about it, even our areas of brokenness and struggle can become a comfort zone. We get so used to functioning in our dysfunction, that it almost seem unbearably uncomfortable to step outside of our tower.
Leaving her tower was not just a huge risk for Rapunzel, but she was completely out of her comfort zone. She had no true frame of reference for the reality that would unfold before her; and I love the scene where she is so conflicted by her decision to walk away, because I can relate so deeply to it. That feeling of being unsure if you’re doing the right thing, when you’re walking away from everything that feels familiar.
The further you walk though, the more you discover that you were never meant to be stuck in a tower. There is abundantly more than you could ever hope, dream or imagine, waiting for you as you keep putting one foot in front of the other; but, it’s going to take courage and endurance.
The enemy doesn’t thwart the plans of God for your life by showing up in a red bodysuit and pitchfork; he makes you comfortable in your dysfunction. He makes you so busy focusing on your problem, that you can’t see beyond the walls of your stronghold.
Dear friend, if you’re feeling uncomfortable and unsure about your journey right now, I want to tell you it’s a great thing! You have stepped out of your tower and you are walking towards your destiny. Yes, it’s uncomfortable, but you’re about to step into everything you were created for. Isn’t that worth the little bit of discomfort right now? Oh, I am so preaching to myself right now! I want to echo the words of Paul:
“I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus.”
Philippians 3:12-14 TPT
We don’t have to run as fast as anyone else, we just need to keep moving in the right direction: towards the One who is inviting us to draw near, so that we can lay hold of everything that belongs to us in Jesus.
Let go of the comfort of your captivity and say goodbye to your stronghold, awesome child of God.
You’re not going back there!
Today, I hear the Father whisper: “Beautiful Child! It’s time to awaken to the strength, wisdom and power that is on the inside of you. Let go of yesterday’s chapter, I am writing a new one. It is full of new adventures marked out for you; designed to bring you to the fullness of what I have given you through my Son. Every step will be worth it! Promise.” ❤