While I’m waiting on my ‘mansion’— I’d love to have a hedge

I feel blessed to enjoy this time on earth, so I can honestly be patient while I live and love and wait for my ‘mansion’ (by this I do not mean the plantation kind, mind you, but the eternal dwelling with my Lord)!

Still, while I’m waiting, what I really want is that hedge that Satan accused God of putting around Job! You know what I mean? I want that protection, that constant security—I want to be untouchable!

Job 1:1010 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

I want a hedge around our children’s hearts. I don’t want them to be rejected in friendship or love.  I want them to be appreciated for their individuality. I want them to be nurtured and loved by godly friends. I don’t want to see friendships fall apart and feelings hurt and hearts ache. When the time is right, and if they so desire marriage, I want them to be loved truly, madly and deeply by a godly person. I don’t want them strung along, misled or brokenhearted. I want to protect them from every pain, every sorrow, and every hurt. A hedge around their hearts would be just right.

Psalm 34:17–1817 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Romans 5:3–53 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

I want a hedge around our health. I want us to be strong and healthy and able to use our blessings to serve God well in this life. I don’t want to face challenging illnesses, repeated doctor visits, and endless medications. I certainly don’t want terminal illnesses and I want to avoid all accidents, especially tragic ones. I want us to greet each day with good health and strong minds. A hedge around our health is just what I need.

2 Corinthians 12:7–107 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I want a hedge around our family and friends. I want us to love one another, forgive one another, be kind to one another, think the best of one another and cherish our time together. I want happy smiles, joyful hearts, thoughtful minds and lots of beautiful deeds—around the clock! I don’t want to deal with rifts and feuds and heartaches. I don’t want divisions and contentions and barriers. I want arms upheld, bridges built and days in the sun. A hedge around our loved ones sounds like the perfect answer.

James 1:2–42 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

I want a hedge around our faith. I want our family and our friends to be followers of God. I want to see strong faith, steadfast service, deep commitment, and unconditional love. I want to see love and reverence for God and respect for the word He breathed and shared. I don’t want falling away, heresies, strife or evil deeds. I want loving believers reaching out to a lost world and sharing the grace of God. I want the ‘such were some of you’ to become heirs to salvation. I think a hedge will work just fine.

1 Peter 1:6–76 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

This hedge would avoid an awful lot of turmoil! Sipping sparkling water without a care in the world, golden days and peace on earth – sign me up!

Romans 8:1818 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

There’s just one problem with my plan—one BIG problem! It’s not His plan. It’s not what He deems best for His creation. It’s not what will draw us to Him. It’s not what will make us grow. It’s not what will bring out the best in us. Let’s face it: coasting freestyle while the wind blows in your face will never be the same as running a marathon! Coasting might feel great – but the reward is only for those who run the race and finish it!

2 Timothy 4:7–87 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

James 1:1212 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

I may not have the kind of hedge that I think would provide daily peace, but I do have another hedge. I have the promises of God and the knowledge that what He allows in my life, He will see me through. I have the knowledge of His love, His strength and the belief that He will guide me along the journey. I know that He knows my struggles – all of our struggles – and that He is always good and even when it’s not perfect, life is beautiful. Still, as wonderful as life can be (and in between the struggles it really is, isn’t it?), it is just a tiny taste of what this next life holds. That’s where my hedge is waiting and it *will* be perfect there!

Psalm 46:11 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Corinthians 4:16–1816 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

Jeremiah 17:7–87 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Singing the following hymns always helps to remind me that we get a little of both wonder and turmoil in this life—and God is with us all the while!                 

Day by Day ~Karolina W. Sandell-Berg

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment, I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

I know on whom I have believed ~ Daniel Whittle

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me He hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for His own.

Refrain:

But “I know Whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that He is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto Him against that day.”

I know not how this saving faith
To me He did impart,
Nor how believing in His Word
Wrought peace within my heart.

I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in Him.

I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before His face I see.

I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I walk the vale with Him,
Or meet Him in the air.

This blog is dedicated to my friend, Beth, an amazingly beautiful mother of four young children who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. May God give her a true hedge around her health. May she be healed and blessed with many more years of loving her husband and mothering her sweet children! Pray for Beth!

*photo credit: Leah Perz–Thanks for sharing your lovely photo, Leah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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