My arms and legs were completely bound.
I was suspended, hovering feet from the wooden floor below.
Yet while contorted in this silk binding, I experienced freedom. 
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’ve been struggling with my weight recently. My tried-and-true-tricks of my weight loss past haven’t seemed to be working, and I’ve been a stubborn, frustrated toddler in the worst terrible-two-stage (forget the fact that I’m nearly 43–don’t judge me.)

But by the power of God, President’s Day weekend I experienced a major shift. 

I was with some friends visiting from Cleveland; we took our talents to an aerial yoga class and there wrapped in 8 yards of silk fabric, I surrendered.
Physically, I relinquished my trust to the suspension cables and yogi, relying entirely upon the metal apparatus and her expert cues to stay safe and afloat.

And spiritually, I surrendered my selfish desires, vanity and pride to experience Him in a newfound and more intimate way (Hosea 2:14).
It’s amazing, but as only God can do, I experienced freedom. Again.
(I’ve lost count of the number of times He’s released me from my own prison cells.)

Despite the binding of my arms and legs, my heart and mind were completely free.

In the final pose, “Vampire” (pic on the right), I broke down in tears.

I recalled Ps. 27:6, “He will lift me up…my head will be lifted up above my enemies.”

At that moment, tears streaming down my face, I felt completely held.
I felt safe and secure.
I felt loved and lovable.
I felt strong and strengthened.
I felt free from my enemies.

This isn’t about an hour long aerial yoga class, there’s much more factored into the liberation I experienced (hours of prayer, fasting, mindset work, and prayer-warriors-on-call) but as usual in God’s divine planning, it was in my most vulnerable place–emotionally and physically–and in a most unexpected place–that I walked out of that class a free woman. 

What about you, sunshine?
Do you need to be set free?
Perhaps a place of captivity is exactly where the freedom exists?

Surrender your will to His. (Mark 1:7)
Freedom awaits.

p.s. I am more at peace and content than ever in my life right now (and 5lbs. lighter, too!) It’s amazing what can happen when we choose to drop everything and follow Him. 

“Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.”
Mark 10:28