I was born and raised in Australia. Growing up I knew I was blessed to live in the land of the free.
I remember having breakfast and leaving the house on my bike, not returning until the sun started to go down and I knew dinner was about to be served.
My Childhood was filled with neighbourhood BBQ’s and a match of cricket or football played in the middle of the road. Hide and seek with the kids in your street was a common thing. We were untouchable. Safe. Comfortable. Not once did we think that one day our country would be far from free.
I look at my children now in their sixth, seventh, eighth lockdown… honestly I’m not sure anymore. Because the restrictions ease a little here in Victoria and then SLAM back into place, our state now taking the world title for longest lockdown ever! My heart aches as I watch them trying to learn from our kitchen table, schools closed once again. They have to try and learn from the unqualified teacher that is me. They miss their friends, their grandparents, their freedom to go play at the parks.
Then I think of my husband and our business taking a hard hit from the constant lockdowns and now suffering because as a family we chose to not get vaccinated at this time. So many doors are closed to us. God asked us to hold and that’s what we are doing. Faithfully and without fear that He will provide. Because thank the Lord, He has provided faithfully.
I say without fear but that doesn’t mean that we never worry. We’re human and the thought of an unknown future can cause sleepless nights. The confusion and anguish of those around us not knowing where their next paycheque is coming from because they’ve been told no jab, no job. The very real truths that we will be unable to enter businesses without proof of vaccination is a reality I never thought I would come face to face with in my lifetime. It hurts…
Never have I ever prayed as much as I have been the past two years. Praying for my family, my friends, my community, my state, my country and the world. I pray that God will hear the cries of His people and move. I’ve prayed for strength in this very long season that I will stand on His word with peace in my heart. I’ve prayed for those I have never met to see that there is a light in this world that will meet them in this darkness and offer them hope.
This land of the free that I once knew will never be that of my childhood ever again. I know this. We all know this…But there is freedom in Christ and I smiled with my whole heart as I typed that.
This isn’t a post about whether we choose to vaccinate or not. I’m going to love people no matter their choice. And I’m so thankful that my entire support system loves my family for ours.
No, this is a post about the only freedom we should ever get comfortable with and that is the freedom Christ offered us as He paid for our sins at the cross. Freedom from sin, freedom from the enemy, freedom for eternity!
Put your trust in Him. Stand on His promises. Know that you were born for such a time as this and you were given the strength to stand firm within it and can be clothed with the full armour of God!
Be blessed, be a light 💡
Love Sarah, xx
1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. - Galatians 5:1