31 Days to Finding Freedom: {Day 31} On to Freedom

I can’t quite believe we’ve arrived at Day 31 of Finding Freedom. I also can’t believe that I’ve had so much to say about it. When I began this series, I had huge doubts that I would be able to fill up the space of 31 days with enough words. But the words have arrived right when I needed them, and not a moment before. It’s blessed me to write about this freedom journey. I hope that you’ve been blessed too. I don’t know where you are on the road to finding freedom, but I hope that I’ve come beside you and met you somewhere along the way. 
Yesterday, I ran the Lucerne Half Marathon. While I ran, in an effort to keep my mind off of my burning thighs, I was thinking about this post, our last. There were a number of spectators out along the sidelines cheering for the runners, clanging cow bells, and raising signs. Many chanted ‘Hopp, Hopp’ which to my American ears sounded a lot like ‘Hope, Hope’. It was exactly what one needs to hear when everything inside is yelling ‘Stop, Stop’. 
At one point in the race, the street path diverted into a mile long tunnel. We entered it to the low, soulful sound of alphorns playing. It was dimly lit, and every 100 meters or so, there would be a lone spectator shouting ‘Hopp, Hopp, Hopp’. As I ran, the sound of the alphorns and the shout of Hope reverberated and echoed throughout the tunnel. And it reminded me that regardless of where we are in our journey to freedom, there is a symphony of hope that surrounds us. It becomes especially clear in the dimly lit places where the light at the end might be miles out. But we know it’s there. 
Tune in to the sound of hope. It will see you through the dark places, the ones that burn and ache from your efforts. Train your ears to hear hope when everything inside you wants to give up. 
We exited the tunnel to sun and a gust of fresh air. All I heard was the slap of my feet on the pavement, calling me forward, to freedom. 
This post is part of a 31 day series. I promise to return to my regularly irregular and non-cohesive posting in November. For my first 31 day post click here, for more 31 Day topics (and there are a LOT!) click here.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12593449269809160101 JJ

    You did a great job on your 31 days! Very inspiring! Can you keep going

  • http://annkroeker.com Ann Kroeker

    Hope. Hope. Hope. Hope.

    Love the sound of that steady truth mixed with the steady cry of those soulful horns.

  • Lindsay Nahm

    Kim…I finally made my way back to your blog on around day 15, and went back to read it all starting at day 1. I hear so much of myself and my own issues as you wrote and wrestled with freedom….you have really inspired me to take some risks to find freedom in my own life! Thanks for your honest and encouraging words!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15219223403000729837 Charissa

    Thank you so much for your posts over the past month. I have drawn so much encouragement from your words! And thank you for your kind comment on my blog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15875227370769643629 Nichole

    LOVE this!!! Well done! Every post! I know your words inspired and encouraged me. Thank you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00919498879884369626 The Clines

    Thank you for this series. It was wonderful!