Birds

I glanced at a barbed wire fence and noticed some birds flying over it. They landed on the branch of a tree, rested a while, and then moved on.

This fence is specifically designed to keep people/animals in or out. It is tall and dangerous.

Birds don’t care about fences.

The authors of Psalm 84 were eager to be in the presence of the One True God.  The system of that time only allowed for certain people at certain times to be in the courts of the Temple…near the dwelling place of God. The authors wrote: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

They then point out that “Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.”

These sparrows are not concerned with barriers/walls/fences/rules/limitations. They are most likely not even aware of the rules. They simply fly and dwell and nest and be.

Through the unbelievable love of God, we have access to this same limitless life. God has removed the barriers through Jesus.

The courts are open. The dividing barriers have been brought down. The curtain is ripped.

Some may still see a barbed wire fence, but those who are experiencing the freedom that Christ brings….don’t care about fences.

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”

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This picture is of a painting by Ben Wesemann and an entire family of people attempting to exercise this freedom.