Oh how I wish I had brought the camera with zoom ability!
Oh good! They are swimming closer!
Look how fast they are coming!
Okay, Mr. Swan I understand! This river belongs to you. Have a nice day.
We will visit with Mr. and Mrs. Mallard instead, since they have been following us along just begging to have their picture taken!
Well, it is finally silent around here. Either Mr. Robin got too tired and gave up, or the reflection finally won the territory.
So the walk in that park a couple weekends ago, and then the drama that has been unfolding with the crazy robin at the windows has brought to mind a lesson about boundaries.
Guarding my own and respecting those of others. And most important of all learning about what the Bible has to say about boundaries…
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man. Acts 17:24
(He has no boundaries...you cannot put God in a box!)
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, Acts 17:26
I wish our president believed this, especially in regards to Israel!
Our thought life…
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.- Philippians 1:27-28a
Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
~With fellow believers…
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,
“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-16
In this modern world it is rare to see mankind behaving in a manner that is in accordance to these biblical boundaries.In fact, sometimes there seems to be little to no boundaries at all when we observe human behavior! There used to be clearer societal boundaries based upon common decency that everyone at least seemed aware of. Now it seems like everyone is walking about aimlessly in the darkness without a guide.
Who moved them?
But understand this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, savage, opposed to what is good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, loving pleasure rather than loving God. They will maintain the outward appearance of religion but will have repudiated its power. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
Even believers overstep the boundaries from time to time. But we are without excuse as we have been given the map of the path in which we are to follow, the path that was forged ahead of us is well lit by the WAY himself…He is TRUTH…and leads us to LIFE. The roadmap has clear boundaries in which we are kept safe by our loving Shepherd…especially in the shadowed valleys…as he guides us with His rod and staff lest we wander from the path of righteousness.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
“I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10
Isn't it wonderful to be kept safely within the boundaries that God has set for us? No wonder the Psalmist described the Lord's rod and staff as a comfort, and not something to fear or resent!