Anybody need some freedom? Because our world offers us multitudes of conveniences but it cannot offer us freedom. We are chained to our computers, our TVs, our microwaves. We are limited by our mortgages, our car payments, our bosses. We are driven by our clocks, our appointments, our schedules. We are hemmed in by expectations, by coveting, by having more than we can handle but never all that we want. Never in the world have people had so much and been so dissatisfied.
So I am declaring 2014 my personal year of freedom. Or as William Wallace proclaims in Braveheart, "FREEDOM!!!!!"
And the first area where I am claiming freedom is in the area of the hurry that is a constant companion to my every day. Because as every mom knows, there is never enough time. Ever.
I don't understand why everyone is not in a hurry at the grocery store. They meander down the middle of the aisle and stop to peruse the shelf in a way that I cannot get around them. Why do they want to be slow? I do not understand.
I cannot comprehend why people putt along on the road. A car is a device to get you from point A to point B As. Quickly. As. Possible. Why drive under the speed limit? Why come to an almost dead stop to turn right? Why drive slow in the left lane? There are some things I cannot hope to understand.
But I want FREEDOM from hurry. Since Christ declares in John 8:36 that "if the son sets you free, you will be really free," He is where I am going for my freedom.
The psalmist states in Ps. 119:35, "Guide me in the path of your commands, for I delight to walk in it." In Isaiah 30:21 God promises us, "You will hear a word spoken behind you, saying, 'This is the correct way, walk in it." Deut. 30:16 commands to "...love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways..."
Walking. The freedom to just walk. Not run. Not strive. Not push. Just walk.
If God's instructions to me are to walk with Him, why am I so frenetic? Why am I so rushed? Why am I running and running and running?
What if I lived in the freedom of walking, believing that God will enable me to do what He wants me to do, without my hurried and futile attempts to make things go faster or get out of the way as I run through life with my To Do list clutched in my hand?
What if I walked?
I will find freedom quitting all my running, taking a big breath, slowing down, and walking.
Now this is love: that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning; thus you should walk in it. 2 John 1:6