We want to spread our wings and fly but the aviary nets hold us in.
Joni Eareckson Tada is a cages songbird whose music is close to my heart. She 's been confined to her wheelchair for several decades now and God is using her to lift people out of their bed of woes.
A wide range of authors are on my reading list but I pay closest heed to those who have suffered pain, hardship and loss . Their 's is not a second hand knowledge or counsel.
Jesus endured temptation, pain, suffrering , povery, betrayal, injustice and torture , even separation from His Heavenly Father. That is why He can sympathize with us in our weaknesses.
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For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Hedges and Walls
Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in.
A high hedge cannot shut out our view of the skies nor can it prevent the soul from
to him. Looking back, it was dreadfully difficult -- but it was a rich and deep
Therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes; I will wall her in so that she
cannot find her way. She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will
look for them but not find them. Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband
as at first, for then I was better off than now.'
When I was a little girl, my mother would take me to Grandmother's every Wednesday
morning. While she cleaned house, Mother gave me free range in the spacious back
yard which was lined with a tall thick hedge. I had plenty of room in which to
play. I didn't know what was on the other side of the hedge, but I wasn't about
to trespass beyond the watchful eye of Mom. Who knew what dangers lurked beyond
the safe, secure wall of thorny leaves that defined my family's property?
I often think of Grandmother's hedge when I look at my wheelchair. It may be a thorn
in my side, but it is God's barrier; otherwise, I would be reaching for and running
toward a lot of wrong things! I thank my wise God for placing this hedge in my life.
It may hurt and sometimes humiliate me, but it keeps me within the safe, secure
boundaries of God's protection and provision. It keeps me out of the worse kind
of danger: moral trouble.
Today's verse describes a rebellious, headstrong person who is ruled by desire,
a person who looks for ways to trespass God's boundaries of safety and borders of
protection. Don't invite the Lord to block your path with a taller, thornier hedge
Be content within the confines of his commands. The Bible's precepts give you room
enough in which to grow. What hedges has God placed in your life? How has "hedging
in" helped you?
Lord Jesus, I desire to trust and obey you with a willing and contented spirit.
I am thankful for the hedges you place in my life
Joni and Friends
Taken from Pearls of Great Price. Copyright © 2006 by Joni Eareckson Tada.