I sat across from a woman I'll call "Amanda" a few weeks ago as she shared with me what her time of incarceration has been like.
"It's like everything you defined yourself by in the outside world is taken away from you, the alcohol, the drugs, the relationships, the clothes, the makeup, the house, anything used to define who you are. Then you come here and you are going through these programs and realizing those things don't define you anymore. But what I am really asking is Who am I, then?
How am I supposed to find this out? Who is supposed to tell me who I am?"
Amanda is asking the question I think we all ask: "Who am I and how do I figure that out?" Gratefully, we have a God who loves us dearly and continues to remind us of who we are through His Word.
This week I sat with "Karen," and she began sharing with me all of the ways that what she has done has defined her. Afterward, I asked her permission to share an illustration of the main theme of the Bible that I had learned from The Navigators: the Bridge Illustration, also called The Bridge to Life™
. After sharing it I asked her if she saw the theme in the story that she had liked so much during class that day, the story of the Prodigal Son. A light bulb went off for her! She shared that she had never thought about God in this way and that she couldn't earn His love.
Join Me in Prayer
Please pray for Amanda and Karen. Pray
that they may continue to look to God to share with them their true identities as His daughters. Pray
that this understanding would not merely stop with knowing it but that as they are released and walking out a new sober life, that they would thrive in the reality of who they are in God. Pray
that I would have wisdom in how to encourage and support them in a helpful way through their time both incarcerated and re-entering into society.