While there’s many notions about freedom and it seems that what it means varies from person to person. One common thread is the ability to come and to go unrestricted. When we lose our freedom we are restricted physically by set boundaries either man-made or self-made. Part of the reason that travel is so intriguing is that it allows for unrestricted movement and therefore an experience of that region. It is time set apart for us to experience something new and connect with people in another locale.
Sometimes we build our own little prisons. Limiting ourselves physically, limiting ourselves mentally. That is why the verse, “whom the Son sets free is free indeed” John 8:36, – If we are changed by our faith in Jesus Christ, we are no longer imprisoned by sin in our lives. We are free. We are given our spiritual self back by the power of the Holy Spirit and we have a relationship with God. We will have times of struggle, but we will not fall, because He walks beside us and leads us. (Psalm 23) Wherever we may go.
Flying home one night over ATL, I saw as I approached all the shining lights surrounded by deep darkness. The darkness was offset by the shining lights. First small , then larger and larger until we reached a bright and shining city. And as I wondered about how God has sent each little believer out into the world I thought if this is not how it must appear. The light that we carry with us when we are together in one place and then slowly moving out in small groups or one by one out into the darkness until within the expanse there is one small light or small cluster guiding and sharing precious light out into the world. And the yearning heart is drawn to the light. We are drawn to the light as our heart breaks for the beauty and the familiarity of welcoming light home.
We are believers and bearers of His light in this world. And when the light is taken out of the world how very dark it is. Light is a gift and we are drawn to it. The light calls to us. It calls to what goodness in our heart there is and wants to be. Jesus is the Light of the world. We are privileged to carry His light out into the darkness until He comes again.