You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are right. The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.” —Psalm 119: 138-139
God’s Word sets boundaries for us that keep us safe and show us His love. I am reminded of how important this is whenever I leave the MAF base and venture out in a place that has few rules for driving, sometimes no courtesy when it comes to staring, and no limits to how many can cut you in line at a store.
A normal day of shopping seems to test my limits of trying to live in a place where the rules are quite different from those of my home country, or they don’t exist at all! The one area where that impacts me the most is the driving in town. Being an aggressive NY driver has had its advantages, but I have been challenged by the fact that many do not follow any rules of the road. Playing chicken with a truck on my side of the road is not my favorite game. No rules results in chaos and danger.
One of the reasons we love being a part of MAF is because of the rules they have in place to keep their people and those we fly safe. There are training sessions, meetings, and checklists that help keep everyone on the same page. Guidelines and rules are a reflection of God’s character.
Finally, being a mom and raising my own kids has given me a small glimpse into God’s heart for us and the boundaries He has put in place for our protection. God gives us a blueprint for life—His Word—and it’s woven through so many parts of our lives.
I am thankful for boundaries, and for His love, which has no boundaries. He loves the world and I’m happy to have a part in sharing that love here in Papua.