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Have you ever had the experience of sensing that the person to whom you are speaking is having trouble working out exactly where you ‘fit’ in the scheme of things, according to how he or she sees the world?  Have you ever seen that slightly confused, glazed expression appear, accompanied by some vague comment that peters out into nothing, as the person disengages from you and retreats to safer ground?

Since embarking on my crazy writing journey, I personally have experienced this many times.  And that’s one of the reasons I love this beautiful poem someone passed onto me recently, written by the fourteenth century Sufi poet Hafiz:

The small man

Builds cages for everyone

He knows,

While the sage,

Who has to duck his head

When the moon is low,

Keeps dropping keys all night long

For the




Some years back now, a friend wrote me an anguished email, when her way of life and of doing things was questioned by those whose role it should have been to encourage and build her up.  Instead, they inferred how wrong it was of her to dare to be different from them and how strange the choice she had made to ‘step out of the box’ was.  Here’s part of what she wrote:  When people are used to thinking in a certain way, it seems so hard for them to think differently or accept something different, or to think it might have merits, or to think that there just might be some faults in the way things are done in the status quo too!!! They only seem to be able to find fault with the attempts that people make to try and think outside the box.  Is it really so comfortable inside the box that it hurts people so much to consider stepping out of it?  What is it about the box that stops people from thinking how it could be outside of it or makes people try to bring the people outside of the box back into the safety of the box, with its familiar hard walls, corners … limits?   

I won’t attempt to answer my friend’s questions here, but like her, I don’t want to be confined to the same old box all my life.  And I don’t want to make people fit into a box that isn’t the right ‘shape’ for them either or cause them to feel too restricted and uncomfortable.  As a Christian, I believe God has much more than that for each one of us.  I believe God’s heart is to bring freedom for us all through Jesus and then to strengthen us to be all we are called and gifted to be in this life, whatever shape or form that might take.  In Luke 4, we read how Jesus claimed that the Spirit of the Lord had sent him ‘to proclaim freedom for the prisoners’ – and he is still doing that today. 

So let’s all stand tall in God, letting him tell us who we are.  Who knows – we may even have to duck our heads if the moon is low!  Let’s walk in the true freedom God gives – and let’s not forget too to keep on dropping keys for all the beautiful, rowdy prisoners!

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