Sometimes I just want to close them
Captivate: fascinate, enamor, attract, mesmerize
To be captivated, something or someone must hold you captive.
Captive: slavery, confinement, shackles, bondage.
What does it take to come out from being held captive? Can I be both captive and captivated?
These questions go through my mind as I ponder this word. It becomes personal and oh so relevant to my own life. And shouldn’t it? Those who take words and disconnect themselves from them are in a much more confining space, that of their own mindset and perspective.
I sent someone a youtube link to listen to.
She said, “You know we are on opposite sides, don’t you?”
“Yes”, I said, “but shouldn’t we listen to each other intelligently instead of just closing off every perspective, can’t we have a conversation?”
I’m still waiting.
The internet has won over and has done what it set out to do. It began by captivating the world. We have access to anyone and everyone globally. Despite the freedom, now it holds us captive like a spider’s web, entangling us with every new thread spun. We are living in a world where technology is mandated. We call it progress. We love it. We hate it.
I don’t claim to be a Bible scholar in any sense of the word, but I looked up Jeremiah in the Bible. He was a prophet of God in the time of the Babylonian captivity. There was a dispute among the people concerning what false prophets were telling people, basically that they did not have to submit to the Babylonians. Jeremiah said differently.
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease. Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.’ For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them,’ declares the LORD.
“For thus says the LORD, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. (Jer 29:5–10 NASB)
I am not always at liberty to deliver myself from my situation, but I can believe that God has an escape in His time and in His way. I can be free and unconfined in my captivity.
Often it takes a concerted effort to turn my eyes away from my constrictor.
I kept company with a boa constrictor for a very short time before I got married. My husband-to-be had one in his care. The Boa lives alone from its birth. It has no need for a mother snake. It is innately equipped with an instinct to hunt and kill, and it abides alone. Although I hate snakes, they are beautiful in their vibrant color patterns, which makes them tempting to touch. The way they kill their prey is not by suffocation, but by cutting off the blood circulation, which is the very source of life.
As a Christian, my life is sustained by the blood of Christ, but God has not made people lone rangers. People need people, and Christians need Christians.
God doesn’t always say “Run”. Sometimes He says,
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal 5:1 KJV)
What makes me captive should also free me.
Christ’s love held Him on the cross. Christ’s death on the cross made all sin of none effect. The death of one set all free. Can I go beyond being held captive by the horror, the agony and all my questions about it all, or can I be captivated by the love that I won’t ever fully understand? Can I fix my eyes on Him and be captivated?
I can’t always do it myself. I need others. Thank God there are others and I am not alone.