The Hedge

  • Nov. 21, 2006
  • #6407

Just as hedges protect a yard, God often uses some kind of hedge in our lives to keep us within God's boundaries.

When I was a little girl, my mother would take me to Monastery Avenue, in Baltimore Maryland, to see my grandmother every Wednesday morning. While my mother cleaned Grandmom's house, she gave me free range in the spacious back yard of my grandmother. I was young then and the yard seemed big enough. I had plenty of room in which to play. But I did notice that it was lined with a very tall thick hedge. 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 my mother. Who knew what dangers lurked beyond the safe, secure wall of thorny leaves that defined my Grandmom'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's God's barrier. My wheelchair defines the property lines for me as a Christian. It's something, a very thorny something, through which I simply cannot trespass. It's my hedge; otherwise, I would be reaching for and running for things, a lot of wrong things! God says in Hosea 2, "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."

Like I said, my wheelchair is as good as that hedge, a big tall, thick one. But I tell you this; I thank my wise God for placing this hedge in my life. It may hurt that I can't get on the other side of it; and sometimes it humiliates me, but my wheelchair, my row of thorn bushes, 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.

Think about it today: What hedges has God placed in your life? How has "hedging in" helped you? Can you thank Him for those thorny hedgerows that hinder your path? I hope you can. And if you can't, if you're discontent with the barriers, those thorny boundaries of God's that He's put in your life.

Then go back and take a closer look at that verse from Hosea chapter 2. It describes a discontented, 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. 

Friend, please don't be rebellious; don't be headstrong; and please don't allow your desires to rule you. If you do, you are inviting, you are beckoning the Lord to block your path with a taller, thornier, stickier, thicker hedge. So be content within the confines of his commands. Stay within God's boundaries. The Bible's precepts give you room enough in which you can grow. 

© Joni and Friends

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