• Joseph F. Kolapudi

Becoming Free

Have you ever noticed that journeys aren’t quite what you’d expect? If you have ever pulled up a map during a drive on holiday, or confirmed an itinerary while travelling, only to find out you are way off your destination, or delayed inevitably, it can definitely put a hold on reaching your goal.

I recall when travelling overseas, before the pandemic (of course!), it was much easier to figure out what do on a layover while in the airport – or so I thought. While travelling en route to India via the Middle East, my eight-hour-layover across two cities in the UAE came perilously close to missing my connecting flight completely. Yet, somehow, the kind-hearted driver got me back from my spur of the moment tourist drive to the airport in the nick of time, and I boarded my flight to my destination without a hitch.

Reaching a turning point in your journey of life can often mark the moment when life drastically changes. You may seem to be going in one direction, but something happens which changes the course of your life in such a way that you are never the same again.

A man named David mentioned in Scripture had such an encounter when he went from being a simple shepherd boy to the newly anointed king, almost overnight.

Yet he credited the change to God:

May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise; then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word. Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.”

- Psalm 119:41-45

King David knew his humble beginnings, and attributed the change in his circumstances to the Lord, who made him enter a new way of life, a way in which ultimately led to walking in freedom.

May we find the way to freedom as we walk life’s way, too.

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