Sunday, June 5, 2011

Disastrous Walls

"Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster."
Proverbs 17:19
I 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:
And it (kinda) makes me laugh, when I see a proverb like the one above and I can relate it to tangible life and my own heart.

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.

And yet...

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: 2
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  1. Excellent post Jen. Very apropo, helpful analogy.

  2. How grateful I am for THE ROCK in these troubling days.


  3. oh, this was good Jen. "I can't trust in high walls. I just have to trust Him" lovely!

  4. Oh, I can so relate to this. My walls are so high. I find that I start to take the bricks down, but then I get uncomfortable, so I hurry and build it back up as fast as I can. I so need God to help me stop the cycle. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. You know, this goes well with what I wrote about today: about truly opening myself to grow in my relationship with God. I've put up walls even in my relationship with Him -- out of fear of vulnerability and an unwillingness to relinquish control. Thank you, Jen, for driving the point home for me tonight!

  6. Love the photos and this illustrations. will linger with me. Isn't it something when we are honest with each other, how deeply each of us carry hurts and build walls around our hearts? I do pray a lot: "Take away of my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh" that represents my walls.

    Thanks for the good thoughts!

  7. My focus on this post is not spiritual. It is simply: How does she even get to her tomatoes? And she already has tomatoes! I'm jealous!

  8. Ouch my toes! I have never seen that verse....oh. my. As someone who has built up so many ways in the past and is now in the process of dismantling them...this is encouraging and powerful.


  9. Beautiful Jen! Trying to hold unto something so tightly is really not letting go at all. I am still trying to keep control.


  10. This is so so good! I've totally felt that way. Such a great analogy of fruit locked behind's not enough to produce it, we need to be able to share it. Wow. Thanks for this.

  11. What a great reminder and I love how you connected your garden to it. Super easy to understand and relate to.

    In other news, I passed the Versatile Blog Award on to you! Stop by and pick it up! Happy blogging :).

  12. Hi Jen
    Lovely post. I never really thought about it like that. Something to chew on - also gives me an out for covering my new baby veggie plants, haha!
    God bless

  13. Wow, Sister. This really touched me because it reminded me of something else I'd just read on my friend Christina's blog. Check it out; you'll be blessed:

    Great post.

  14. Thank you, thank you, my dear insightful friend.
    A wonderful post to wake up to this morning.

  15. Beautiful lesson, Jen! Thanks for the reminder of where my focus, my trust should be.

  16. You are right! It is all about the posture of my heart.

  17. haha... I'm sorry. :) Great post, as usual.

  18. This is great. It reminds me of Psalm 20:7:
    "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God."

    Not walls or horses or chariots -- but Him! Great reminder, Jen.

  19. A good lesson. My husband fights the same critter battle in his garden, so I can relate there. The pillbugs are winning in the squash section right now. :)

    Brandee Shafer sent me over here because she recognized similar themes in our posts today. I'm glad I followed her link.

    May the Lord bless you and yours today and make your garden fruitful as you trust Him.

  20. I really love this post. Now, to pry my stiff little fingers from around my life, my schedule, my kids....

  21. Loved this post. So thankful for the ROCK that never crumbles!!!

  22. I think that is the way we spend so much of our time. Building up and tearing down walls! It's exhausting... :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  23. He is our High Tower! When we trust in Him we don't have to work so hard to protect ourselves.


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