Emily at Chatting at the Sky has a beautiful meme today about finding a photo that speaks grace to you. You can join her and the other bloggers today here.
This photo speaks grace to me. I captured this at a local park and I love the fence that ends... this may sound very different to you..perhaps out-of-the-box different..a different perspective..of an 'upside down kingdom' as Ann so eloquently calls it.
I lived many years in-the-box kingdom of strict boundaries and at the time I needed those boundaries because my life was an absolute mess. But those boundaries became my religion and faith ceased to really thrive in my life. Then God took those boundaries and opened the gate to His Kingdom where I saw the boundaries end..that was scary to say the least.
How can I walk in this world without boundaries and stay out of trouble?
He says patiently back to my doubting heart, "by faith".
I ask again how I could possibly be stable in the world without boundaries and
He mercifully whispers back to my fearful heart, "love will keep you close."
Not grasping what He was trying to teach me I hesitantly ask again, "but what if I fall?"
To which He boldly proclaims, "you will, but I am merciful."
The life in Christ is not one where we never fall. Paul wrestled with his thorn, Peter thrashed in denial, and Thomas shook with doubt, but God is rich in mercy.
The boundaries are not my anchor, Christ is my Anchor and storms will come and toss the waves of the sea all around us. If we live by boundaries alone, we cease to walk by faith..so this is my picturesque grace. The life where boundaries cease to be my religion and freedom is given, in which I recieve, by faith in Christ.