This July 4th, I am remembering a conversation with my barber as he cut my few remaining hairs. He told me about a very special 4th of July when his wife found her wedding ring, which had been lost for over 3 years. They celebrated.
I asked him if he had ever heard the story in the Bible about the woman who lost the coin and celebrated when she found it. Friends and neighbors even rejoiced with her. We talked about how that chapter in the Bible has 3 lost and found stories, and celebration took place when the lost were found. It opened the door to share a bit of my testimony of the great celebration when I cried out to God to be found and rescued from my own lostness. It didn’t happen on the 4th of July, but it was the best fireworks I’ve ever experienced.
July 4th is Independence Day, a day when we celebrate our liberation. A friend once told me, “What we need is a declaration of dependence.” Dependence like Jesus talked about when he said, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5b). That is freedom worth dying for, secured by a risen Savior worth living for, with dependence worth rejoicing in.
July 4th is a day when we celebrate our collective independence for freedom. The greatest freedom is the freedom to live by faith in dependence on a loving God, along with others in interdependence.
A declaration of independence that liberated the way for a declaration of dependence on God, “In God we trust!”
“And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” (Luke 15:9-10)