Twenty three years ago the LORD entrusted this house at 9211 NW 12th PL to be our home, a haven of rest for our family, a hub of hospitality and a spiritual hospital of sorts to those who were in need of healing. As we are downsizing the “stuff” in our lives, we have encountered things that trigger memories that are worth the PAUSE to reflect on the goodness of God. I came across a page torn from a Daytimer calendar and paused just before throwing it into the fire pit.
The Daytimer calendar entry is dated Thursday, July 4, 1996 and Denny’s familiar handwriting follows an * on the page….
While walking in the Beland’s neighborhood we came upon a large golden retriever who bounded straight for us. But, as he neared the edge of his yard, he dug his front paws into the grass and stopped as if he was peering over the edge of a cliff. As we walked further up the street, he ran to the side edge of his yard and repeated this same ritual while barking ferociously. What kept him from making us his morning buffet? His owner had installed and trained the dog to live within the limits of an INVISIBLE FENCE!
What is our invisible fence? Psalm 119:9-11; Romans 2:15 (our conscience)
God’s Word treasured and hidden in our hearts that keep me from wandering outside the boundaries that God has designed for us for our own good!
cf: The Word is like a seat belt!
As I (Cindy) ponder this, the reality of our very REAL enemy comes to light. He is vicious and unrelenting. He comes after God’s children in obvious ways, through sickness and calamity, but it seems that his most subtle tools of discouragement and distraction are the ones that derail us.
His Word is our “invisible fence”, our seat belt, our protection. Denny gave a couple of Scriptural reminders in his entry. My constant “go to” verse is Philippians 1:6
He who began a good work in you
will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
When the enemy tries to distract me with feelings of inadequacy, lack of direction and all those other lies, I repeat God’s Word to remind me WHOSE I am and remember that this journey of life is a process that is not yet complete!
What are your "Invisible Fence" Words from His Book of treasure?
Please share them in the comment section below.!
Denny & Cindy Heiberg