When is the Last Time You Sat on a Swing?

When we the last time you went for a swing? Fiona shares how swinging reminds her of freedom.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
“In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12)

As I walked through the park near my home today, I saw an older person–not a kid–swinging high through the air on her own and not seeming to mind if anyone saw her there. Usually on a sunny day, the park is used by young families, or grandparents with their grandchildren, enjoying the play equipment.

It reminded me that when I was a kid, I loved to swing. There was something about sitting on a swing and flying through the air (not too far from the ground!) that seemed so special.

Maybe it was a sense of freedom–a time to let myself stop thinking about whatever else was going on in my life and just fly away–at least for a time.

I’m not sure that my body would be all that happy if I were to swing like that today, in fact it’s been many years since I considered it to be a wise thing for me. But just thinking about the release it might have seemed as a child, made me recognize how much I’d like that today. There are many things in my life I’d like to have freedom from.

I may not have the ability to swing like that, or other things that might give me a sense of freedom from the daily-ness of my pain, or the struggle of living with illness and depression, but as the above verses remind me–I do have freedom in my life because of the Spirit of the Lord, dwelling in me. Because of the faith I have, knowing the Lord is always with me, I can approach God with freedom and confidence.

That’s a much greater comfort than I could ever receive from a momentary swinging through the air with a sense of carelessness. The swing would stop at some time, but God is always there for me–and that’s something I can really hold on to.

Prayer: Father, at times I may wish I could fly away from my problems, but thank You for being the freedom in my life, that lets me fly on the wings of my faith, with You. Amen.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.

What do you miss in life that once gave you a sense of freedom from the problems of life? Do you feel your faith brings you a sense of the freedom to fly above your circumstances?

This is Nichole Nordeman singing the song “Finally Free.” This song shares how there is nothing you have done or said or chosen that will prevent God from loving you. He does! -Lisa

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