Matthew 17: 22-27
Pigtails bobbing, my six-year-old ran down a hill shouting in Daniel’s Park: “I’m free! I’m free! I’m free!”
Why then? Not a peep about freedom when we were running up the hill, not even on the straight-away. But the gallop down the slope: that was freedom.
Freedom from what? The burden of working against gravity? Sure, go downhill and the most pervasive force in the universe is suddenly on your side. What a feeling!
Likely Peter felt this. Buttonholed about overdue taxes, he takes Jesus’ advice, heads for the lake, and comes back with a shekel and a great fish story: “I wet my line, reeled in a lunker, opened its mouth, took out the money, and mailed it to the IRS.” Force of gravity nothin’ – this is the Creator of the universe on your side!
“The children are free,” said Jesus. He ought to know: burdened with the weight of sin, crushed by the gravity of judgment, he rose to make us children of the Creator. He restored to us a universe where “Meeting Tax Obligations” and “Gone Fishin’” are synonymous. And where it’s all downhill from there.
Dear Father, I’m free, I’m free! I’m free!
Today’s devotion was written by Gary Blobaum, Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Sumter, SC.