My mother in law had an expression that always brings a mental picture... "I'm as free as a hog on ice".
Can't you see that pig heading onto the ice rink and just flying around as free as can be? Untethered, unencumered... but maybe even unbalanced, unpredictable, and unable to control the inevitable slide.
As free as it sounds, my mental red flag is already waving. That pig might be in real trouble.
I once got out of my car, during a rare Dallas ice storm, one house away from home. I walked (skated) on thin ice to my own house next door, and told my hubby he had to go get the car and drive it to our driveway, the length of one yard. I could not do it!
So all of a sudden, the pig doesn't really seem free, in fact he is probably on a 'free fall' to who knows where.
Boundaries are good.
Being tied to something strong and sure is good.
Being held in the hands of our loving Father is good.
While I enjoy the mental image of that pig as he heads out on the ice, I think the pig would be much better off if he were tied to something strong. I think the pig would agree.
It's everything to know that I am tied to the One sure anchor, and that He controls even the slipping and sliding.