The Sound of Freedom

by Nan Jones   @NanJonesAuthor

The porch swing swayed back and forth … back and forth as I took a few moments to rest from a busy day. Hummingbirds darted about their feeder. A gentle breeze rustled through the day lilies and cooled my sweaty brow.

So peaceful.

I closed my eyes and continued to rock. Quiet settled over me, contentment kissed my heart.

Thank God for our freedom.
Thank God for our freedom.

Abruptly, a loud roar came racing through the afternoon sky. My eyes opened wide and I sat up straighter. Louder and louder the sound approached. Adrenaline rushed through me and I hurried to the porch’s edge to scan the sky as the roaring sound vibrated through my body.

And there it was.

An F15 fighter jet.

The sound of freedom.

My home sits in a hollar of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the direct path of military training for our air force. The jets fly over us often, usually in sets of three, their roar dispelling the peace of our mountains, yet their roar ensuring the peace of our  mountains — our home, our country.

Our freedoms come with a great price.

The contrast of the powerful jets against the gentle, rolling slopes echoes the disparity between good and evil, enslaved and free — the sound shocking, yet reassuring.

As the fighter jets thunder  across our mountaintops, I’m consumed with thoughts of the roar escaping from our mighty Lion of Judah — the bearer of our freedoms, our protector from the enemy. His roar sends shock waves through the hearts of His people when He rides on the wings of the wind to come to our aid.

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Consider this: the heavens shook with His power when, upon the cross, Jesus cried out with a loud voice and yielded up His Spirit — for us. “Then behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened …” ~ Matthew 27:51-52

The Lion of Judah secures our freedom from sin.
The Lion of Judah secures our freedom from sin.


Why did He die for us?

Why did the powerful roar of our Lion of Judah shake the earth upon His death?

To break the chains and set the captives free — chains of despair, fear, sorrow … the chains of sin that separate us from a Holy God.

Sometimes freedom sounds like an F15 fighter jet, but always, our freedom rides on the sounding of the roar of our mighty Lion of Judah thundering in its descent from the highest heavens.

Can you hear it? Can you you hear the sound of freedom echoing swift across the mountains in your life?

Oh Lord, open our ears that we might hear.

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Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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    1. Thank you Melissa. It amazes me how easy it is to be complacent about the gifts of God. He wants to set us free if we’ll only let Him and look for His rescue with expectation.

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