(Picture courtesy of http://www.cakitches.com).
Riding in our boat last summer, I saw a man and his dog running back and forth on shore. My first thought was, “I’m kind of stuck in this little boat, but he can feel the grass and move his legs and really play with his dog. He’s free!”
Later, eating a picnic lunch at a lovely spot on the shore, I watched a family tubing in front of us on the lake. Of course, my thought was how free they looked–bouncing on the wake and laughing all the way, they were able to speed off into different parts of the lake. They weren’t “stuck” on shore!
Isn’t that funny? It made me realize that freedom isn’t as simple as it sounds. Free to go. Free to stay. Are we free to speak and to believe what we want, or are we free from being exposed to things we don’t like to hear spoken or even believed by others? It can get kind of complicated! The news is full of this argument played out at home and around the world.
This year, the Wednesday’s Word column will continue to provide audio stories that rotate between Genesis, Psalms, and Luke, but it also explore this idea of freedom and what the Bible has to say about it. Wisdom, covered last year (see old “Wednesday’s Word to the Wise” posts), was an important concept to Sophie Topfeather, the main character in my upcoming novel by Sunpenny Publishing (UK), Bon Voyage, Sophie Topfeather! Similarly, the desire to be free is a driving force behind sidekick Timley Mouse’s rash decision to jump into Sophie’s hat one day.
Psalm 119:30-32 says this:
I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set my heart on your laws.
I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD;
do not let me be put to shame.
I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.
Thanks for joining me this year as we explore what it means to set our hearts free. Feel free to share on your favorite social media outlet, and spread the news that the Bible still speaks to us today!
For friends new to this blog, “Wednesday’s Word” is a weekly Bible audio clip that rotates between Genesis, Luke and Psalms. Occasionally, I post “Wednesday’s Word to the Free,” a short Bible passage on what it means to be free. Freedom is a very big concern to Timley, Mouse, the tiniest character in my upcoming novel, Bon Voyage, Sophie Topfeather!
On Sundays, I post an article-type post on themes in the novels: faith, friendship, diversity, etc. Thanks for reading! Feel free to share!