Barriers or Boundaries?

There’s a tradition in my house that my daughter is quite fond of. Yet it produces the opposite effect in me.

She’s gets to sleep with me whenever her dad travels on business.

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy our time together, the long chats and the contagious giggles. But the problem begins once she falls asleep.

My child loves the edge of the bed.

It doesn’t matter what barriers I put in her way, she gravitates toward it.

Consequently, I get nothing but broken sleep as her every movement evokes anxious grabbing, pulling and tugging on my part.

Makes me wonder whether we aren’t doing the same to God.

It doesn’t seem to matter what guidelines He provides or the guardrails He places on our path, we keep going to the edge.

How many times has He brought us back?

Unlike my arms that get weary from my nocturnal workouts, God never gets tired.

He continues to tug at our hearts, encouraging us to step back from the edge, over and over again.

In particular, what gets to me is the moment I’ve righted my daughter’s sleeping form, it reverts to the same precarious position; like an automatic response.

So do we. In Psalm 51:5 (GNT) David confesses, “From the time I was conceived, I’ve been sinful.” Doing wrong comes easy to us; it is what we know.

Thankfully, God offers us a transplant. In Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV) He promises to “Remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”

He wants to remove that stubborn spirit within us and replace it with one willing to submit.

There’s been times when my daughter’s unconscious obsession with the edge has resulted in a painful jolt from her dreams as she eventually tumbled over the edge.

Some of us have been there too. At times, we’ve resisted God’s urging and went over the edge, bringing ourselves only pain.

My husband and I do not always hear her cry, but if we do, we are there to help our daughter back up and into bed.

However, God ALWAYS hears us when we cry out and stands willing, ready and able to help us to our feet. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) reminds us that His “grace is sufficient…”

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