I’ve always been very patriotic; I love our Country and have always thought our flag to be one of the most beautiful sights to behold. My years spent as a military wife provided an even deeper sense of the meaning “Freedom isn’t free”.
My family gave my loved one and me a picture after deployment that has the following verse:
The meaning so true on many levels. We use this verse often in the military. And yet, the ultimate sacrifice was that of Christ who laid His life down for all of us…the spotless lamb…the perfect sacrifice. There is truly no greater love than this!
And because of my acceptance of Jesus Christ as my Savior-putting my faith and trust in Christ alone and asking Him to save me from my sins-I also am free. Free from the penalty of sin which is death. Free from the bondage of sin. Free from guilt as I’m not perfect and will continue to sin-and God’s grace covers it all.
Today I’m also experiencing a different type of freedom. I’ve never honestly thought of it as freedom before…more like unwanted change. Yet, as I’ve discovered God’s path for my life right now-a path that I didn’t want-God is also showing me His freedom in this path. Freedom from the pain, bondage, manipulation, lies, guilt of my loved one towards me. Freedom to let go and let God instead of thinking I can save my loved one or my marriage. The truth is I can’t. The truth is Jesus died for all of us and paid the penalty for sin; I didn’t. Jesus is the only one who can save; I can’t.
Today there is freedom in the realization that I can completely trust God with my loved one to work where I can’t. And my prayer is that my loved one will also one day experience freedom found in Christ alone. Today there’s freedom for me in ‘letting go and letting God‘.