I’be been in line at Disney California to get fast passes for the Radiator Springs Racers. It is the hottest new ride at the park and the regular lines run about a 2 hour wait. The rest of my family are running around and hitting their favs ( which are the roller coasters that I’m fine missing out on).
While I’ve been standing here I have been reading some of my archived blogs and came across one about another kind of line- a boundary line.
“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:6 NIV)
Stop standing at the edge of your boundary lines and looking at all you cannot have. Turn around and start looking in to what you do have and all the wondrous freedom you can live in. Look at what is yours and delight in it, invest in it, build and develop it.
God has given you a place to belong. He has marked out a portion, a territory for you live an abundant life in. Your body, your family, your spouse, your children. Your job, your talents, your passion, your expression. The boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places.
Oh, “they are not pleasant“, you say.
“They are full of weeds, broken down shelters. Dried up grass and deserted lots. If only I had what they have…”
But you do have them, just not… yet. When God sees your life, your portion, he sees it now, and sees it has it is meant to be. Sees you as you are and as you will be. The potential is there, the future is there, the blessing is there.
When it says “lines have fallen” the original text denotes that the territory lines have been “violently thrown down” as in battle. Someone fought for those lines. A battle has been fought and won for that territory and the future abundance of it. Yes, it was even as with the strong arm of a Roman soldier bringing the “Cat ‘O Nine Tails, that evil whip made of leather laced with chips of glass and metal, upon the back of a Savior who bore the penalty of your sin so that you may freely live within an inheritance that you did not earn but is yours nonetheless. The redeemed territory of your life, your portion, is bought with blood, given with grace, flooded with mercy, received with faith.
Yes, yes. Surely you have a delightful inheritance.
The word “delightful” here is a word that means “something that is worked on and polished until it shines.”
It takes work. It isn’t easy- nothing worth it ever is. But in the work you of will uncover the treasure. You will discover that are are stronger than you think you are, can do more than you thought you could and when the the last smudge is wiped clean you will discover what God has known all along- the priceless beauty of you.
The last word in this verse- inheritance means specifically, “inheritance by possession”.
It is inheritance by possessing it, not looking at it. And you can’t even see your own land if you time looking at how great everyone else’s is. It is when you occupy the land God has marked out and paid for you live in, enjoy, and experience that is when you begin to move from potential to possible, one step at a time.
Potential to probable.
Take a step.
Possible to probable.
Take a step.
Probable to doable.
Take a step.
Doable to livable.
Take a step.
Then your potential becomes your possession.
One step at a time.
And you do not journey alone. You do not take each new and terrifying step alone- it was never meant to be like that. You have a Savior, the same one who fought for you will walk with you. You have a God who will kneel beside you and till the land, pull the weeds, gently show you how to push the seeds into the prepared soil and then celebrate with you when the bloom begins to rise- when the landscape changes.
“For I hold you by your right hand—
I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”
(Isaiah 41:13 NLT)