running after animals
that have broken down
and taken to the hills,
Working in the pouring rain
repairing a broken
exactly an exciting
Spending every weekend
pounding fence posts
unusual for those who
live in the country
and raise animals.
So fences are not a bad thing.
In fact when chasing a stray
a fence is your best friend,
right next to the herding dog.
Why does the farmer spend so much time on fences?
To keep the animals in safety.
Out in the open or up on the mountain they are much easier prey for any wildlife that hunts and eats other animals.
So true for us as well.
We have fences in our lives and they are to protect us.
Speed limits, property markers, fire laws…
all set to keep us safe.
Yet how often do we fail to place fences for ourselves?
How easy it is to ignore that soft “I shouldn’t do this” and shove our nose right through the fence.
To be diligent with our words.
To be timely with our promises.
To be self disciplined with our choices.
All require a type of fence to help us stay within the boundaries.
Why live with fences at all?
We are free to live and let live.
Well, as farm life taught me when I was young, living outside the fence is dangerous.
It all may seem to go well for a while but sooner or later…the ones outside the fence become prey.
For people they become prey to addictions, abuse, and often worse.
But God loves us and doesn’t want these things for any one.
The Bible warns us of the pain that comes from serving other things.
“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep your selves from idols. Amen.”
1 John 5:20-21