"Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster."
Proverbs 17:19I don't want critters to eat away at my hard work, sweat, and time. I don't want birds to come down and swoop away my fruit. I don't want them getting at what is mine. And so...
I've made my garden into a fortress.
And yet, no matter how tight I string the netting, or how many twisties I use to hold the mesh closed, or how many aluminum tins hang from the wires, this still happens:
Holding something too close, or building high walls to protect that which we love dearly, only invites disaster.
True, without the walls, I'd probably lose a lot more tomatoes. It's not that (in this case) the walls are inherently bad. However, it's my attitude formed while I was building the walls that invites the disaster.
I don't want anyone else gettin' what's mine.
It can be good to guard our hearts, but at some point, it can just bleed into a self-protective disaster, where the heart is so guarded that it makes it hard for anyone, including ourselves, to access the fruit. And, what's the point of a garden if you can't eat from it?
I've been hurt. I've been burned. I've wanted to hole up in the safety and security of my bed and let no one in again. Ever. I've wanted to cradle my children and not let them leave the house because they are mine and I don't want to lose them and it's a big, bad, scary world out there.
If I lay claim to myself and my family as mine, I invite disaster. Because, I'm distracted from what I'm really supposed to be doing. And I'm taking control versus letting God have control. Let's face it: He's much better at the helm than I am. And I'm so focused on what's mine that I'm not laying anything down and I'm not giving much and well, I'm being a bit selfish, too.
I can't trust in high walls.
I just have to trust Him.
Walls will crumble, but He is an everlasting Rock.
"No one is holy like the LORD!
There is no one besides You;
There is no Rock, like our God."
1 Samuel 2: 2Linking with the LOVELY Michelle at Graceful.
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