Footloose and Fancy-Free(dom)!

Ever been so happy for the spacious place God has chosen to place your feet that you had a hard time expressing and articulating your enthusiasm and your gratitude?

That’s the place I find myself lately.

Whenever I have moments/seasons like this I think of this scene with Red from Shawshank Redemption.  (Yes, I am mentioning that movieagain.)  Red is full of hope, anticipation, and joy for the next chapter in his life. He experienced a long season of captivity and now he’s free…and this freedom is even sweeter because he knows what life looks like without it.

“I find I’m so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my
head. I think it is the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man
at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I
can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his
hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I
hope.” ~Red

Decades later and that scene still fills me with emotion. I’ve never spent time in a physical prison but I have lived my life in a prison before. And, I can still remember the beginning of my journey out, that moment when the chains fell and the cell door flew open. I still remember like it was yesterday. Everything around me looked and felt different. There was a hope inside me that hadn’t existed before and that hope brought with it a joy that made me want to shout His name from the rooftops. You did it, Lord! You did what you promised you would do!

I don’t know what battle you might be facing today. I don’t know what prison you might be living in. But I do know this. He is the answer. He is our freedom. He is our joy and he is, most definitely, our everlasting hope!

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