It's something we use as a barrier
to mark a boundary
or prevent an entrance
We use them to separate
one thing from another
and to establish possession
It's used for privacy
and sometimes just to enhance the appearance
of a garden
Security and safety are good reasons
to use these
to keep children and pets from wandering
and to prevent trespassing or theft
We build these around ourselves
to keep out that which we fear might hurt us
Often we find things growing on them
or being used for support
They are not impassable
and sometimes we jump them
At times we build them to keep us from something that is not there
and yet sometimes they are not restrictive enough
We need them physically to keep us from harm
and spiritually to keep us from sin
and we should always keep them mended
We often sit on them because we cannot commit ourselves
But one thing is for certain
because life is lived in a forward motion it cannot be lived upon one . . .
. . . a fence.
. . . a fence.
Fear is the highest fence - Dudley Nichols
Grapes, needing the support of a fence....
And things with wings that are not effected by the boundaries of fences...
Fences that are needed to keep boundaries for the sake of safety.
This cute little puppy came to investigate after she realized I was there and is
using the fence to get a closer look. If you look closely in her eye on the right you can see
the reflection of the fence and a dark figure at the top of it, that is me.
Who doesn't love a white picket fence and especially one with decorative finials and a border of roses.
And some are used to prevent movement across a boundary . . .
Then there are outdoor rooms, sanctuaries, created by them...
Things can be displayed on them . . .
While some take comfort on the other side of them . . .
And some are old, but decorative and used to enhance a garden . . .
As I was going through my photos from this week, noticing the theme of fences it made me think about how it's somewhat comforting to have a certain amount of boundaries in my life just as long as they don't cut me off from the rest of the world. Which is certainly different than the feeling of being fenced in because of too many. Boundaries to keep me safe and those that keep me from doing the things I shouldn't. It made me think about how I have unnecessarily put up fences along the way and even some without gates that neither allows an entrance or an exit, and how I'm learning to jump them despite it. Sometimes I can even tend towards being a fence sitter in my indecisiveness created out of fear, but have learned much about the importance of forward motion even though I may be stumbling.
Have a great weekend, and let's help each other remember
that if we must at times sit on the fence,
we can't do it for long because life is passing by.