God orchestrates the fence

By Dave Henning / June 13, 2024

“From my life to yours and everything in between them, God orchestrates the fence.  He orchestrates the details.  The more this settles inside of me, the more I settle.  But it cannot merely be imparted to my mind.  It must be sown into my life.  He lays the blueprint for my fence in the context of my story.”- Sara Hagerty

“Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven — and the future starts now.  God is keeping careful watch over us and the future.”- 1 Peter 1:3 (MSG)

“God is continuously in action in ways that are comprehensively glorious.”- Eugene Peterson, Practice Resurrection

Sara Hagerty concludes Chapter 12 of The Gift of Limitations with the observation that there will always be some form of struggle or strife.  Something that distracts as well as attempts to steal sleep, peace, promise, and hope.  But, Sara exhorts, this chain around your ankle that tries to make you chunky, slow, and distracted — that’s not the real story.  Your narrative simply needs God’s emphasis.

Most significantly, Sara notes, God’s careful watch is not a one-and-done.  Instead, His watch produces an ever-renewing, constantly-doing-and-undoing aliveness in us.  Because God’s parameters help you find the best life in the garden He created for you.  Something we spend a lifetime learning, more and more.

In conclusion, Sara offers these words of encouragement and hope:

“God’s dream of us is not new.  His dream of our floundering, fumbling, but reaching a life lived within His boundaries is not new.  He dreams of our living well within our boundaries.  But our receiving it is new.  These are the days of new-to-us dreams, the ones He held all along, but that we are receiving for the first time.

And for once in our lives, as David Benner writes, ‘the goal is God, not growth.’ ”

Today’s question: What helps you find comfort that God orchestrates the fence and the details?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “God’s idea of abundance?”

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