Fences and green pastures

 

fences & green pastures

 

I’m going to let you in on a little secret of mine…I hate fences.

There I said it.
Can’t take it back.
The world must know.

You see, I’ve not had the best experiences with fences in my lifetime. 
Fences are like a mortal enemy when it comes to me. I have plenty of battle wounds
to prove so. There have been many times, where I was running in the dark and destroying myself in the process because someone decided that it would be smart to put up a fence in the middle of no where. There have been times when someone decided that their fence needed to be as high as their house, which would make it impossible to jump over in case of being chased by a dog.

Needless to say… I don’t like fences.
And fences don’t like me…

I know it sounds silly and a little be far fetched, however there is a point to this story. You see, I had this conversation today with a good friend who was explaining how they categorized trust and friendship. As they were explaining how they place people in their lives, my friend used the comparison of fences being the divider of where the relationships stood in their life. There was an “inner circle (green pastures) as they said that consisted of family and I am assuming God. Then, there was the first fence which lead to friends whom they trusted, but not as much as family (the gate at the pasture). Then, there was this long and lonesome road to the pasture, that if you backtrack, leads to Wal-Mart of all places. This is where everyone else resided.

A fence that separates…
A fence that guards…
A fence that withholds and keeps out the unwanted…

Instead of feeling uncomfortable about the subject of fences, I began to assemble a list of people who would make my inner fence, a list of people who would be right there on the gate and a list of others who didn’t quite make it.

It’s a natural thing to do, to compartmentalize the area and or people in our lives we want to be around the most and the things and or people we want to be around the least. I am not saying there is anything wrong with that. The problem though, becomes when we do that with God. The problem begins when we start believing that we can put God in one part of our lives and pull Him out when we “need” Him.

Only using Him when we need rescuing…
Only using Him when we need healing…
Only using Him when we need love…

If we are to truly cultivate an authentic relationship with the God of this universe, we must place Him in all parts of lives. He must be in our homes, in our schools, in our workplace, in our friends, in our relationships with our respective sexes, in our worship, and in our church.

It isn’t ok for you to only know Him on Sunday, you must know Him seven days a week, 24 hrs a day. God has to be the God of our lives all the time and not just when we need him. God promised to never leave us, nor forsake us. He promised that His love was never-ending, never failing, never wavering. God wants to tear down those fences in your life, He wants to surround you in His love all the time and not just some of the time.

May you know the depth of God’s love…
May you know how relentless God is pursuing your heart…
May you rest in knowing that God can there in all parts of your life…
May you tear the fences down and allow God surround you in His perfect love…

(Thank you to my friend for your inspiration!)

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