Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Traveling and Boundaries

I have been traveling a lot in the past 6 months. I suppose its a natural escape from conflicting and restricting boundaries that I have lived in for so long. I thank God for the freedom to travel. I thank God for his boundaries. Psalm 15 gives us direction for living in God's sanctuary. Have I met all of those standards? Absolutely not. But I seek that victory earnestly. God gives us freedom to win and freedom to fail. But, I am most thankful for the boundaries in which I know He sets before me, because he wants me to succeed. Psalm 16:5-6 reads, Lord you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.

What a promise! As I travel the world, from the beaches of Normandy, where so many died for my freedom, to the slopes of the Austrian Alps, the waterfalls of Switzerland, and most recently to the Artic Circle, I praise God for his wonder and awe. I am thankful, that I can enjoy this world within those boundaries. As I traveled to each of these places I was so keenly reminded of the hidden dangers that lurk around us. One wrong move on a slippery snowboard could have sent me hurtling from a cliff. Venturing too far off the path in Prudhoe bay could have brought me face to face with an angry bear.

I am well aware of overstepping those boundaries. I have reaped the ugly consequences and brought harm to many because of those poor choices.

Live within your boundaries. Love the lot God has given you. Enjoy life.

(and check out my latest adventure photos).

Tomorrow, Mariah turns 13. I praise God for her. Please pray for her.