Freedom. This theme runs through the entire Word of God, and has been taken up by many. As much as freedom is spoken of and celebrated, I wonder how often those of us who are free don’t walk in our freedom, shackled by minds that have not grasped freedom’s implications.
A caged bird doesn’t know what he is missing until a free bird flies by his cage. A shackled bird knows no walls, yet still cannot fly.
Children of God are called to be relentlessly passionate about living in freedom, constantly calling others out of their cages. But first, we must learn how to fly in our own freedom. When a bird in a cage looks down and sees a free bird waddling around in the dirt, there is little desire to join him.
I wonder if many of us birds who have been set free are still scratching around in the dust when we are called to fly above the ground, calling out the song of freedom?
As long as the gift of life is given us, we are called to keep growing . To stay where we are is to forfeit the promises and treasures God places along the journey of development. We do not know the freedom that lies beyond our experience and so we desperately need the Holy Spirit to reveal areas we are still scratching in the dirt!
Often I find the shackles I have not seen to remove are thought patterns that defeat me, stealing joy, peace, energy, and purpose! Fiery darts that find their mark because my sword and shield were not ready and faith was not implemented. Words that bring me to the dust and hold me in their grip.
When a caged bird sees an eagle, soaring high and effortlessly on heavenly currents, a deep instinctive desire to fly as well awakens. That is when the cage becomes small and constricting. That is when a longing for freedom becomes a hunger that will not be satiated by lesser things.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Having been set free, do not submit again to a yoke of slavery! Legally we are free. The question is what we do practically? Fear, doubt, un-fogiveness, cynicism, discouragement, anger and frustration. These spiritual ropes tie up the mighty eagle, and leave her scratching in the dirt when she is called to fly above the earth.
What things keep you from soaring? How can you walk in the opposite spirit? Are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to untie the chords of the yoke that keep you from spreading your wings to fly?