In recent weeks many of the freedoms we take for granted have been taken away from us while we find ways to protect as many as possible from the virus.
Those who know me are aware I am the privileged owner of a motorcycle.
Harley Davidson has often been marketed as a Freedom Machine, and I have to admit it does give you a sense of freedom.
With open throttle releasing fuel through the 50 mm carburettor you over take the car or truck, with the sun on your back and the wind in your face cruising down the open road, riding the sweeping curves and open stretches of sealed road with the v-twin throbbing through fishtail exhaust for a brief moment there is a sense of freedom that pauses the cares of the day if only temporally.
Once you’re home again and the helmet, gloves and cut has been removed the reality of life kicks in and the ride slowly becomes a memory, one that you hope can be revived another day.
Freedom true freedom does not, or so it appears to me to come from mere symbols of freedom, such as a motorcycle.
We have many symbols in our house, some of which are shown below.
But as I look at them, they don’t conjure images of freedom. They may represent the idea of freedom, but do they bring freedom?
There is one cross at the bottom, which we purchased while on the NSW South Coast a couple of years ago. Sadly, the town where the artist live was decimated during the fires last summer.
The artist is portraying the cost of, and sacrifice of war.
Toy soldiers lie at the base of the cross, the carcass of a dead sea bird has been placed on one side while in the other a $ symbol.
Freedom, true freedom comes at a cost, the other symbols one a cross the other a crucifix these are also symbols of freedom, but again these of themselves are not what brings freedom, much like my desire to be free while riding, perhaps they represent a freedom which comes via the actions of one person, that is so much more than the mere representation of objects.
I wonder if in these trying times we gain comfort from the symbols around us, those things which are familiar, I know I do, BUT, what really inspires me more is the reality that true freedom and the thing that gets us through difficult times in that reality that true freedom comes from Jesus, who is the icon of God and who sent the Holy Spirit and here where true freedom is found.
Freedom that brings Peace, Joy and Love, in spite of the trying circumstance.