You’re probably wondering.. why would I choose the words Independence Life instead of Independence Day. I chose them because I’m releasing my thoughts. Each year we have cookouts, family gatherings, fireworks and other ways to celebrate our independence from Great Britain. Nothing is wrong with that but I can’t help but wonder why those of us that are Christian’s don’t celebrate Independent Life or the Free Life that we have through Jesus Christ in such a loud and easy to see way (not including what happens on Sunday mornings in some churchs because that is contained within 4 walls).
I’ve never been to a cookout, fireworks show or family event that is centered around celebrating our freedom as Christians.. Why is that?
Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Those are my thoughts for today….. my blog.
Being isolated and serene is what I cherished the other day. There are times when it is nice to just sit alone without having to talk on the phone, without watching TV and without the slight drone of traffic passing by. I snuck away the other day to a place that helps me to recharge.
As I drove up the road my mind raced in anticipation of being Isolated and Serene. You may ask yourself.. what does that mean? Well here it is… Imagine a two lane highway where several bridges cross a peaceful lake. Imagine ripples on the water that get created as a result of fish feeding. Imagine a gentle breeze and the fresh smell of newly cut grass in the air.
I pulled off the side of the road and peered down what would be about a 1/4 of a mile walk through the forest. Lush vegetation surrounding me.. ticks on leaves hounding me… however that was no reason to stop.. I had to press forth… I had a chair in one hand.. a book in the other… and my dog leading the way.
Imagine the feeling of finally walking free of the vegetation into a more clear spot where the trees are sparse and you hear the sound of gentle waves caressing the nearby bank. No cars, no people, just God, me, my chair, my book and my dog. Yes, the trek through the brush was worth it because now my reward is right before me… it surrounds me.
I set my chair down about 1 foot from the lake edge, took off my shoes and admired God’s creation… You know that only the one and only Living God and His Son Jesus can create something so beautiful. I leaned back and just closed my eyes as the breeze from the lake engulfed me. So tranquil, so unaltered, so perfect.. those were my thoughts. I didn’t have to worry about looking out for anything because my dog had that part covered.. he was my eyes behind my back. Steadily patrolling the foliage behind me.
I took off my shoes and let my feet glide through the sand….. refreshing. Not a man made sound to contaminate my ears. . . just the gentle songs that only nature can provide. My little spot, a gentle breeze . . . . a place that my God has supplied.
I spent a few moments reading and just soaking it all up…. until…. I had been refreshed…..
Isolated and Serene