Jane Case served as a codebreaker in Washington, D.C. during World War II. The Navy swore her to secrecy, which meant she couldn’t even tell her parents about her job. One afternoon, she hurried to her room in a heavy rainstorm. During wartime, the government asked cars to offer rides to military staff. A man and his wife stopped for her, and she accepted their generosity.

Once she climbed in the back seat, the man questioned her. Where did she work? What did her job entail? Jane spouted her prepared answer. She assisted in communications by sharpening pencils and refilling ink wells. He asked the meaning of the label ‘Q Specialist’ which she wore on her uniform. She laughed and explained ‘Q’ was how the Navy spelled communication.

The car finally arrived at her home, and he leaned over the front seat to open the back door. His raincoat hiked up revealing his sleeve, and she saw his stripes. He was an admiral, and he had tested her. The officer offered a smile that assured her she passed.

On July 4th, we celebrate Independence Day, and we remember those who sacrificed for our freedom. More importantly, Jesus gave up his life to offer us freedom from sin. During this month of celebration, let us value our freedom and diligently live to honor our Savior.

1 Peter 2:16 says, “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.”

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