Probably the most positive way to describe the phase my 21 month old is in would be ‘testing the boundaries’. In our home, we believe in wide boundaries but there are definitely boundaries. And this fiery, little redhead is exploring just exactly where those are.

We all live within boundaries, as adults they are mostly self-set boundaries and depending on our belief system, we dwell in tight spaces with hardly any wiggle room or we explore a wide space, with lots of room to wander.  I also think our boundaries are set different, wider or smaller, depending on the realm of life we are talking about. If you are trying to lose weight, your menu boundaries may be tight. If you are married, your boundaries with members of the opposite sex will be tight enough to make sure your spouse feels loved and not threatened.

In the general sense of life though, I think we often sell ourselves short on the area God has set up for us to explore. American {Christianity} standards of what is ‘safe’, what is ‘wisdom’ or what is ‘prudent’ paired with fears of failure and insecurities has kept us from discovering and achieving all that God has for us. Often, we lock ourselves into a tiny, little pen, afraid to move because we might upset the Lord, who we’ve forgotten is the GOOD Shepherd with GOOD plans for us.

 “…So spacious is He, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place Him without crowding…”  Colossians 1:18-20

“Starting from scratch, He made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find Him.”  Acts 17:26-27

God’s design is wide, open spaces. He is inviting us to explore with Him and find all that He has for us.

“Spiritually alive, we have access to everything God’s Spirit is doing..”  1 Corinthians 2:15 

As parents, four kids and 15 years later, I think we might have a little more wisdom and maybe are a little more like our Heavenly Daddy parenting with this fiery, little redhead. The boundaries are there, but they are wide; she is able to explore, discover and enjoy much of life. And when she bumps up against a boundary, we are firm in that and actually she feels safe knowing that if she gets a little outside her realm, we will lovingly put her back in that wide space she can enjoy. And I think that’s a lot like our Daddy.

“We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”

(*all Scripture taken from The Message Bible)


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