Good morning, DearHeart.
Our new group of chickens began laying eggs. Two so far. I’m so proud. How is it that a chicken lays an egg? Or, a creature gives birth? What kind of God stretches His thoughts to make these things up and make them happen? He is limitless.
My Ethics class is stretching my mind across boundaries & limits and freedoms – taking a concept … like care, justice, critique, community, virtue – and turning each inside and out of its boundaries. Thoughts that contradict, yet go hand in hand.
With boundaries, we put up a fence to mark the end of where a child can go. We set the boundary of bed time. We limit how many cookies a child may eat. We let them go to the edge of the yard. As teenagers, we only let them stay out so late. As adults, we put up boundaries in relationships – put up walls. Our cubicles, offices, classrooms and shops at work mark “our space”. Even our homes have fences around our yards. We are constantly living with, setting up, moving them around – our boundaries, our limits.
God has set up boundaries & limits as well:
“When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He divided all mankind, He set up boundaries for the peoples.” Deuteronomy 32:8
“Man’s days are determined; You have decreed the number of his months & have set limits he cannot exceed.” Job 14:5
“He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light & darkness.” Job 26:10
Boundaries are necessary in our lives. They keep us safe. They keep us healthy. But, it is a problem when I put boundaries up with God:
• “You may have this much of my heart & that’s all”.
• “You can only work in this area of my life.”
• “You may change this in my life but nothing more.”
The problem continues when I put God in a box & limit Him:
• “You can do this but surely You are not able to do_________”.
• “This would just be impossible for You to change.”
• “There isn’t anything You can do about______________”.
• “This is too hard for You to do anything (with or about)”.
I have a God that is limitless, that knows no bounds, & does not fit in my box. Or yours.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” Ephesians 3:20
“No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.”
(In Christ Alone, Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend)
Give Limitless God your boundaries.