Have you seen the new, literal rage?
Rage rooms are popping up in cities all over North America. There’s even one at the Wells Fargo Center, the home of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers (though that one is called the Disassembly Room). If you haven’t heard of them before, it’s pretty much what it sounds like. It’s an enclosed room where you don protective clothing, gloves, masks and use tools to smash everything from glasses to televisions. It’s promoted as a fun way to reduce stress.
I haven’t gone to a rage room, so honestly, I’m not sure if it works or not. But I do think there’s a better room to visit to get rid of your anger, rage, stress, sadness, or anxiety.
It’s a war room.
Using the idea from the movie of the same name, many people create or designate a special spot in their home where they pray. That’s when they go to war, calling on the God of the universe to fight on their behalf “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
Do you have a spot like this? Maybe it’s simply a chair in your living room; perhaps it’s next to your child’s bed at night. It might even be in your car during your commute to work. Whatever it is, taking your stress and frustration to the Father who can do more than you can ask or imagine is far more productive than hitting a television with a bat. Talking to him about your hurts and your heartbreaks will bring healing, not more destruction. Pouring out your heart about your anxiety, stress, and troubles will help piece your life back together instead of disassembling it even more.
What’s ironic, I think, is that a war room only has power because Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, went to the Father’s rage room for you. After living a perfect life, Jesus was sentenced to death. He took the whippings, was hit in the face, spit on, and then nailed to a cross, where he suffocated to death—all to absorb the Father’s rage over your sin.
Then three days later he came alive again. Now, “since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” (Romans 5:9).
There’s even better news. Not only are we saved from God’s rage room; we also are getting a room in heaven—and Jesus is preparing it for us now. In this room, there’s no more sorrow or pain or tears, only joy and worship and peace.
Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who went to an escape room with her family over Thanksgiving break. That was pretty fun.