I love old fences. To me they detail such character representing hard manual labour. As far as keeping our sheep and lambs safe from predators, those old fences don’t work. We have electric fences to keep our sheep and guard dogs in, and to keep those deadly predators; like coyotes out.
The sheep, lambs, and dogs only have to touch it once to know that it is a boundary they will respect. As farmers, we respect those fences as well. Trust me, I know! They are there for a positive purpose and every one of our critters, along with us, don’t mess with it. Those fences are tremendously important.
It’s like life. There are safety standards and boundaries we all have to live by. There are road rules, workplace rules, food safety rules, and children safety issues to name a few. If you are a parent with children living under your roof, you know boundaries aren’t always appreciated.
Our great Pyrenees would sometimes like to explore and get outside the fences if they could. That is why checks have to be made. We saw a coyote watching one of our flocks the other morning. We are glad the fences are on and the dogs are guarding them. You can see our black and white Pyrenees looking at the fence but has to wait for his treat until I get there.
It is the same with humans. Many times, we don’t like to be fenced in. The Apostle Paul understood what we deal with. He said,
In fact, I don’t understand why I act the way I do. I don’t do what I know is right. I do the things I hate. Although I don’t do what I know is right, I agree that the Law is good. So I am not the one doing these evil things. The sin that lives in me is what does them.
The Law has shown me that something in me keeps me from doing what I know is right. With my whole heart I agree with the Law of God. But in every part of me I discover something fighting against my mind, and it makes me a prisoner of sin that controls everything I do. What a miserable person I am. Who will rescue me from this body that is doomed to die? Thank God! Jesus Christ will rescue me. Romans 7:15-17; 21-25 (CEV)
It seems the belief system of not wanting to be fenced in and of not having anyone telling us what to do has become the norm in our society. We have our rights. I truly believe we need to stand up for those important fences and boundaries that are within God’s framework. There are so many issues right now that have affected all of us causing a lot of division and hatred among people.
- We need fences for protection. Life is just that and we all need wisdom. It is something that needs to be evaluated and worked through on what are good boundaries and fences. Some may make fun of us but we need to do what is good and safe. It is amazing how much spam and phone calls I get telling me I have been given $1 million dollars or my credit card has been comprised. Due diligence is always required and we can’t trust everyone or everything. It’s good to get trusted advice and keep fences up for our own good.
- We need fences to keep others out. Not everyone has good motives or believe in being truthful. It is something we need to teach our kids and something we need to teach ourselves.
This is what Jesus said to those who followed Him,
I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16
I have been hurt so many times in life due to my own unwise decisions and unhealthy boundaries. I have also been hurt by those that are like a pack of wolves. I always go back to the foundation of why I am here on earth. God placed me here and He gave me a guide book to live by.
There will always be something new that people are fighting for, new rules, new protests and new laws. That is a given. I have to respect my boundaries that are within the framework of God’s word. It is the only thing that will bring peace within my soul and respect for others.
Guide me by your truth and instruct me. You keep me safe, and I always trust you. Psalm 25:5
Fences, aka boundaries, are positive. They help navigate through life. Some people think the Bible is so outdated and just full of rules. I challenge you to start reading it with fresh eyes to see the good in fences and boundaries that God has for us. You are worth it and He wants you to know that. “Ewe” are loved! Sorry, I just had to say that! 😊
Come and let’s talk over the fence…. we have lots to share!
Until next time for the last in the Sheep Series.