Certainly all I know about this young woman with a heart for hurting people is what I have gleaned from the media. Her statement shortly prior to her death leaped off the page and as most of the media I was exposed to glossed over it, I am sharing it with you.
“I have been shown in darkness, light, and I have learned that even in prison, one can be free.” Kala Jean Mueller.
Kala’s statement is one to which millions have and are saying “Amen.”
In times of darkness Christ often gives His followers a special light that dispels the dark imprisoning the spirit, a light that sets the spirit free, much as John writes in Revelation 1:9, “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,”
The passage continues to the grand vision of Christ. In times of darkness, remember Patmos was a prison island and barbaric treatment was the order of the day. In spite of this John was enjoying more liberty than were his jailers!
The most glowing letters from the Apostle Paul seem to come from the bowels of dark, dank prison cells. Touched by Christ, the human spirit can rise about the highest walls, and in mind and spirit slip as a vesper past iron bars. Paul knew this. It’s good to know in your database of knowledge. To gain the knowledge by experience can be tough on your reputation!
In his poem, “To Althea, From Prison,” Richard Lovelace wrote in the last verse:
“Stone Walls do not a Prison make,
Nor Iron bars a Cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an Hermitage.
If I have freedom in my Love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above,
Enjoy such Liberty.”
2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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