Daily Dose, July 2 — True Independence

When we are young, we look forward to the time when we can be independent!

We are in a rush to grow up and not have to be told what to do. We want to do whatever we want and be in charge of our self. Then we become grownups, and we sometimes find there is a constant push and pull between dependence and independence. Even when we are grown, there are times, places and people upon whom we are dependent. We need someone or something that brings support, strength and boundaries, like needing a doctor to tell us how to fight illness or a lawyer to tell us how to fight a battle, or family and friends to offer love and support.
There are also times when we can be independent and free from the outside control, not needing another to set our goals or pay our bills. We are self-sufficient. Many parents celebrate when their children are no longer dependent on the bank of mom and dad.
As a country, we celebrate our Independence. We remember our history and our strife for freedom from oppression, from tyranny. We remember the day, July 4, 1776, when we declared our independence from outside controls. That declaration has shaped who we are and how we live.
As Christian Americans, we still have the push and pull between our independence and our dependence. We are still dependent -- only now we depend on the Lord -- and our dependence shapes who we are and how we live.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:4-5)
The more we trust in God, the more we realize we don’t know it all or understand it all. When we submit to God and are dependent on God, He leads us and guides us through our lives. When He is the one in the lead, it is easier for us to be independent in this world -- free from what tries to control us, define us or limit us. Free to be all He created us to be.
We can truly soar on the wings of eagles when we depend upon the Lord. -- Rev. Terri Henkel