From Unveiled to Uncaged

  • Photo by Darren Fode

The unusual title & the seductive image  of this post has caught your attention . It’s time to explain my   blog theme – from Design to Destiny as well as the name change from Unveiled to Uncaged.

in the two months since launching the blog I have been encouraged by the positive feedback. Many have said that they appreciate the positive, inspirational content &  the practical suggestions of how to apply what you have read. The most popular posts were The Folly of Counting Sheep & STRESSED: The Three  ‘T ‘ Solution.

These posts were practical. They provided real solutions to  real everyday problems.  A speaker I have come to respect says this:  ” The most important theological question is ‘So What?‘.

My passion as a teacher, speaker , coach  & as the blog  writer is to answer the ‘so what’ questions in inspirational. practical & sometimes humorous ways.  It is to bring vision, hope & practical  resources for  the day to day of life.

Here are some of the questions you may be asking:

  • How do I have a real relationship with the Father?
  • Who am I & how am I designed?
  • Why am I here? Do I have a destiny?
  • How do I deal with the everyday messes of my life & still have time to dream?
  • Where is God in the ordinary;  in the sick kids, the traffic jams , winter blues etc ?
  • I sometimes feel trapped, caged. Where do I find perspective, hope & joy again?

I  love dictionaries. I spent time this morning looking up the words design, destiny & caged. Here is what I found .

Design

  • a roadmap or strategic approach  to achieve a unique expectation
  • to conceive or fashion in the mind
  • to decide upon the look and function of….
  • to do or plan with a specific purpose or intention in mind
  • to plan and make decisions about something that is being created
  • design is a creative activity to establish multifaceted qualities

Destiny

  • the definitions for destiny were all negative.
  • they were futuristic , unchangeable & fatalistic
  • we need to see God’s view of both our design & our destiny or we can feel like puppets on a string

Caged

  • a cage is a box or an enclosure having some openwork
  • others words similar to  cage include house, hedge, fence, & my favorite  sheepfold .
  • verbs like  cage are hem in, encircle, encompass, enfold , surround, cocoon, enwomb, ensheath, encapsulate  & armour.

Let’s look at the words design, destiny & caged through the lens of two passages of Scripture.

Psalm 139:15-16

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion

As I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Ephesians 2:10

For you are God’s Masterpiece.

He created you anew in Christ Jesus.

So you can do the good things

He planned in advance for you to do.

Perspective

  • Look at destiny from God’s perspective not ours.
  •  You are right in the center of your destiny.
  • You are perfectly designed for Such A Time As This.
  • God knew about the ‘now’ of your life & designed  you for it.
  • The dove flies free & by choice returns to it’s cage.

Response

  • Take time to reflect on the Scriptures & the definitions
  • How to you see your design & destiny?
  • Ask God to show you His perspective. Listen for His answer. He speaks in simple impressions or images.
  • What do you see as your cages?
  • Ask God to re-label them.

I occasionally contribute to another blog called Seeds of the Kingdom. My bio tag on that site says: Linda’s passion is to mentor people in their relationship with the Father and to release them into their destiny in God. That is my desire and prayer for you, my precious readers.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “From Unveiled to Uncaged

  1. Linda I am blown away …. This is absolutely awesome stuff, so appropriate and timely. God has most definitely taken you from unveiled to uncaged. So many questions I have been wrestling with recently and I am encouraged to follow the ‘so what’ and the responses that you suggest and see what Father has to say. I bless you for your obedience in following through with what The Lord has placed on your heart. Much love Sandy.

  2. Thank you for the reminder that I am here for ‘such a time as this’ and who knew that to be ‘caged’ could be such a wonderful thing!

  3. Hello Linda, this has opened my eyes to see and understand these things in a way that I could not before. I am Sandy and Grahams daughter from South Africa. I have heard only good things about you.

    • It is so good to hear from you. I feel that I know you a little bit as I saw many pictures when Graham & Sandy lived with us. I’m glad that the post was helpful.

  4. Linda, though it’s been over 13 years since we last met, your thoughts and prayers are clear and directed and most welcomely received. Amen.