That’s What Freedom Feels Like

freedomIt was an unlikely place for an epiphany. Kirklands–the place most guys dread and most girls love. (You know, the place where the smellometer is set to suffocate.)

I was killing time reading decorative plaques when I was suddenly filled with a startling sense of joy–an internal whiff of life as it should be. I paused to thank God and consider the source. I asked silently “why do I feel this way?” That inner voice we sometimes hear answered immediately, “this is what Freedom feels like”. Ahhhhh…it made perfect sense.

To a guy who spent big chunks of life tied up by all kinds of inward and outward stuff, freedom is my favorite word. Honestly, I wasn’t familiar with that feeling. Too many years bound. Too few free.

But right there in the middle of home decor I sensed it–this is what it is like when Jesus makes you free.

Reflecting on it, I remembered some thoughts prompted by God’s promise to Moses about getting the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery. I jotted down some of God’s promise statements:

  • I will release you from the weight. That stuff that was too big for you isn’t too big for Me. I’ll do the heavy lifting.
  • I will reestablish your identity. I will strip off the labels that identify you as a slave–addict, compulsive, user, slave.
  • I will restore what you have lost. I can restore what has been squandered and stolen.
  • I will rebuild your capacity to love. I freely choose you so that you can willingly choose Me.
  • I will refresh your sense of purpose. I loose your bonds to free you ‘to’ not just ‘from’. Your life is no “unto” something.
  • I will renew your vision of destiny. I will bring you home where you truly fit into what I designed, desire and delight in.

That–and nothing short of that–is God’s passionate longing for our freedom. That’s what I felt that day in the middle of the flowers and fluff.

Reality. Kingdom. Life.

Freedom.

William Wallace was right…it’s worth it.

(Thoughts based on Exodus 6:6ff)

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