Spiritually, this experience has been so deep that I could never have imagined what this would do in my heart for the good and for healing. All I have learned about God and about myself and how I relate to Him has been so rich. I could never in 100 years begin to even tell you all He has taught me and continues to shape and mold me to be perfected for Him. He has so far to go and I would n’t trade any of His gentle sculpting while I have been the clay in his hands.
As I was mending fences with my son today so much struck me about the fences and the analogy of sin in my own life and how I need to mend my own personal fences in my heart. On a farm when you let the fences slowly become loose, slowly bend and break down from their tightness to keep the animals safe and secure, so many things can happen. Mending and checking fences on a farm should be a regular part of chores in the farm routine to make sure everything is in working order or many problems arise. Animals getting out and trampling gardens, losing an animal, or having the animals eat your entire hay field you were saving and more…
In my heart as well the mending and fixing of fences, confessing sins and asking God to mend my heart should be done daily to ensure a close relationship with God and with my loved ones around me. Some say grace is sufficient, 'tis true… However, I prefer a farm with strong and mended fences to cut down on the mishaps. The same is true for my heart and I want to keep things tight and secure for Him on a very regular basis. We are never finished being perfected for Him just as fences will never be 100% mended.
The analogies of my spiritual life and lessons to be learned are numerous here on this farm. I thank God for using these examples to challenge me to be the wife, mother and woman He has called me to be even when then mending is rough. After all, mending farm fences is sweaty, extremely vigorous and very hard work on an entire body. I would expect mending a heart would be the same for a spirit if not more… But the rewards for both are endless!