by: Emily Dickinson
He ate and drank the precious Words ~
His Spirit grew robust ~
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust~
He danced along the dingy Days
And this Bequest of Wings
Was but a Book ~ What Liberty
A loosened spirit brings ~
Greetings fellow sojourning DIVAs! Praying you are finding contentment with your circumstances and joy unending in Jesus Christ of Nazareth! Let’s walk through this poem and discover the emancipating spiritual application. Keep looking back at the poem to recall the words.
Do you perceive if you allow it, the written word will exert a powerful influence upon your spirit? Do you consider the Word of God to be precious to you as Emily Dickinson spoke of it? The Lord says, “I satisfy the thirsty person and feed all those who are weak.” (Jeremiah 31:25) And, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me, and drink!” ( John 7:27) The following verse in Isaiah shows us six ways we can drink Christ as the living water:
You will joyfully draw water
from the springs of salvation,
and on that day you will say:
“Give thanks to Yahweh; proclaim His name!
Celebrate His works among the peoples.
Declare that His name is exalted.
Sing to Yahweh, for He has done glorious things.
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Cry out and sing, citizen of Zion,
for the Holy One of Israel is among you
in His greatness.” Isaiah 12:3-6
Expect, after you drink Christ as the living water, for your spirit to become strong and healthy. Inform your soul that in Christ you are no longer poor in spirit nor are you unable to do the things the Lord has laid out for you because your souls feels weak.
Drink in the precious words of Christ and it will enable you to not feel burdened by the darkness of these days but you will rejoice in the Light that is in you! Allow the Light in you to shine in the darkness ~2 Corinthians 4:6 (in these dingy days)!
How do we soar above these days and above our circumstances? By the lightness we feel when the Word of truth is tucked in our hearts. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.” (John 14:27) And, “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30) Don’t be tied to the things of this world but instead be set free from this world’s burdens as Christ indeed has set you free. Because of this, don’t desire to turn back to chains! (Galatians 5:1)
Do you know what “Liberty a loosened spirit brings”? Lazarus experienced deliverance when Jesus came to his aid. “The dead man (Lazarus) came out bound hand and foot with linen strips and with his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him and let him go.” (John 11:44) Paul and Silas choose to pray and sing even though they were shackled in chains in prison and as a result “suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the jail were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains came loose.” (Acts 16:26) Do you know this freeing liberty of a spirit not hindered by chains? When nothing is keeping you tethered to this world?
Let’s look at some verses that speak of how Jesus is the Word and how powerful that Word is:
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word.” Hebrews 1:3a
“The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a Prophet powerful in action and speech before God and all the people.” Luke 24:19
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12
“He wore a robe stained with blood, and His name is the Word of God.” Revelation 19:13
Emily Dickinson was said to have written, “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” To live this life as we see fit or how someone else sees fit for us, I suppose can be “so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” However, this is not the way the Lord has intended us to live. For us to truly live we are to live to Christ (Philippians 1:21). In this way, life itself does not become startling nor overwhelming and it leaves time for all things Christ.
The Word BECAME flesh. (John 1:14) Can you imagine the power involved for the Word to become wrapped with flesh? What will you allow the Word to become in your life? Will you allow your mind to receive the powerful influence of the Word? If so, it will loosen your spirit. Let’s not hesitate for a moment to receive.
In His grace,