What Do Blue Nails Have to do with Freedom in Christ?
Updated: Oct 18, 2019
I’m not a blue nails kind of woman. And here I am with eggshell blue nails and loving it. What’s going on?
When I decided to get my nails done before going on vacation, I wanted to do something fun, off the wall, unique for me, so I chose blue nails. Who knew I’d enjoy them so much?
Like who, at my age, starts coloring their hair pink, getting a tattoo, or painting their fingernails blue? I know, the pink hair and tattoo probably won’t happen, but the blue nails did. Certainly not the tattoo – that might hurt. I’m not going for pain or indelible ink on my body! I have considered platinum hair though, because it would probably match my true color at this point. Who knows?
Father, what’s going on? Am I having a late life crisis? Am I breaking out in rebellious behavior at this late date? Or am I just becoming free to express myself? Let’s go with the latter because I don’t like crises or rebelliousness.
So what does freedom in you look like, Lord? Probably a lot more than blue nails.
How about freedom from striving to be something? I don’t know what I want to be, but I’ve been striving to get there most of my life. Not striving would be nice.
Freedom from insecurities? Yes, please.
Freedom from guilt and shame? Absolutely.
Freedom from comparison to others? I can remember caring a lot about what my nails looked like. Not so much now.
Freedom from a critical spirit? Am I free to NOT place any legalistic requirements on others? I’ll take it. If I want freedom in Christ, I guess I must extend it to others. They must be free to make their own decisions about your expectations for them.
But what about freedom from what others require of me? I’m not in control of what others expect. But I guess I could be free to disappoint them. That’s hard. I don’t like to disappoint.
That Audience of One thing again? I understand you alone are the One I need to please. And maybe my spouse, my employer, my pastor, my children, my grandchildren… Uh oh, here I go again. Where do I draw the line? Others are important, but you are first.
Somehow, I think if I’m pleasing and making you my priority, everyone else will be served as well.
I desire freedom to be all you designed me to be. Can you accomplish that in my lifetime? A tall order, but that’s the great hope. Conforming to the image of Christ is not something I can achieve apart from your miraculous presence and internal renovation. My job is simply to be willing.
Thanks for teaching me with the blue nails. Never a dull moment with you, Lord.
What does freedom look like for you, my friend? Are you learning to let go of all the religious trappings and let God be God in you? Do you see some indications of your growing freedom in the little things?
Every tiny slice of freedom in Christ feels incredible.
“Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free—not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past.” Galatians 5:1 TPT