(Disclaimer: Firstly, I am grateful to live in a country where I have the freedom of speech, expression, and creativity – to share my thoughts and opinions in a public(ish) forum without fear. Secondly, this post may read unpatriotic, but that is not my intention, just happens to be where my heart is.)
In the words of my friends Shane and Shane:
For freedom you’ve set me free,
And yes, I am free indeed.
You rewrote my name,
unshackled my shame,
You opened my eyes to see
that I am free.
So this song has nothing to do with Benjamin Franklin or George Washington or any of those other fellas who wore weird hair. It’s not about the promise of forefathers or any current or historic politicians for world peace or a better economy or an increase in national employment or security. The writing (or rewriting) isn’t referencing any bills, amendments, laws, etc. that outline the do’s and don’ts of society.
No, this freedom is much… freer. And, it is for everyone.
Because the price, the biggest sacrifice the world has ever seen, has already happened. And it can’t be renegotiated or voted on or changed to include or leave out any group or individual.
What a relief.
I’ve been in an intense season of spiritual pruning over the past several months (I guess almost two years now – wow!) and have come to realize that our only true freedom is love. That big, abundant, all-encompassing love that sets you so free that no matter the state of this country, our society, your very own heart – you shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Free.
A free that lets you breathe. A free that lets you love. A free that lets you extend grace. A free that lets you receive grace. A free that lets you forgive. A free that lets you find things new every morning. A free that lets you restore and reconcile yourself to him. A free that lets you take leaps of faith.
Leaps that take you places you never knew you would go, could go. Leaps that cross state lines…
When we ventured back to North Carolina in February we came with big, vulnerable hearts – opening ourselves wide for whatever God laid out for us. When not but a year before we felt so broken and dejected that some days I wasn’t even sure which way was up, I never could have imagined how bountiful the promises would pour out.
First, there’s this place:
And these loves who have prayed and loved us through every leap, big and small:
And people who encourage me to create and pursue small business dreams:
And the miles and miles of possibilities of new-found freedom:
For freedom has set me free. And yes, I am free indeed. He rewrote my name, unshackled my shame. He opened my eyes to see, that I am free.