The Fence...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Author Unknown...

There was a large group of people. On one side of the group stood a man, Jesus. On the other side of the group stood Satan. Separating them, running through the group, was a fence. The scene set, both Jesus and Satan began calling to the people in the group and, one by one - each having made up his or her own mind - each went to either Jesus or Satan.

This kept going. Soon enough, Jesus had gathered around him a group of people from the larger crowd, as did Satan.But one man joined neither group. He climbed the fence that was there and sat on it.Then Jesus and His people left and disappeared. So too did Satan and his people.

And the man on the fence sat alone. As this man sat, Satan came back, looking for something which he appeared to have lost. The man said, “Have you lost something?” Satan looked straight at him and replied, “No, there you are. Come with me.”

“But," said the man, “I sat on the fence. I chose neither you nor Him.” “That’s okay,” said Satan. “I own the fence.”

I'm sure by now you've all heard the tragic news of Natasha Richardson's sudden death. She was so young...she had everything, but one fall was all it took to quickly end her young life. Last April all it took to end my father's life was a fall as well. Both were so sudden and so tragic. My father clung to life for 3 weeks while Natasha Richardson was fine for just one hour, then gone.

Hearing the news of Natasha Richardson and thinking back to the tragedy my family suffered last April, I found the above story over at Kymber's Blog the other day and thought I'd share it with you.

We need to be firm in our beliefs. Don't "straddle the fence" any more. You either believe and dedicate your life to God, or you don't believe at all. My prayer is that we all can make the decision to be on the right side of the fence...we don't know what tomorrow holds for any of us!

27 comments :

  1. Thanks for the reminder! We do have to choose.
    I hope Olivia gets some relief from her pain.

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  2. Wonderful post! Life is way to short to be straddeling fences! I am headed to the right side with Jesus hope there will be many more coming with me!!

    Hugs~T

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  3. Beautiful post, Lois! It's so true. Each day is a gift from God...we must be ready! Hope and praying you and Olivia are pain free. Have a blessed day.

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  4. Beautiful post! The news about Natasha Richardson (and other similar stories) made me so sad. It's one thing to lose someone when you know they're a Christian. But when they're not, or when you're not sure, it's so much harder! We definitely all need to make a decision NOW! We always think we have more time, but we can't be sure. The only thing that is for sure is JESUS!

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  5. So true. I don't want to be straddling any fences. I know who I believe in and I want the world to know it! Thanks for that beautiful post. Still praying for you and Olivia.
    Happy Spring!

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  6. This such a timely post, Lois! The message so true-every day.

    I've wondered more than once after hearing the news of Natasha Richardson's fall and death, if folks straddling the fence or thinking that life goes on and on, really stop and think how quickly life can change or end.

    I know that your heart still breaks since losing your dad. That is so hard. What a blessing and comfort yet, to know exactly where he is, that he is surrounded by love that we can't even understand or imagine here...
    From what you have written about your dad, there was no fence straddling for him- "...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord..."

    Thanks again, Lois, for this post!

    Blessings,
    Linda C

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  7. Such a poignant reminder, Lois!! And so important, too.

    God is busy drawing the line and those who haven't chosen yet, may not have much time left. None of us know when or how we will leave this earth. I pray for each one that they might know the boundless love of God, and receive Him as their Lord.

    Thank you for this amazing, life-giving message, Lois!! You're a blessing!!

    Love and hugs,
    Becky

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  8. So true~it is high time Christians got busy! No more fences for me. I want to be on the winning side. I know by reading the end of THE BOOK. We are on the winning side!
    Great words of wisdom!

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  9. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Your post is definitely true..we certainly need to remember to choose. I will be praying for your daughter.
    Annmarie

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  10. That is a powerful message and so true! There are way too many fence sitters these days!

    It was tragic about Natasha Richardson and I found myself wondering which side she was on!

    Tammy

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  11. Life is to short to sit on the fence. This applies to all circumstances but I love how you used God and the Devil example. This makes it sound so easy that it makes you wonder why people stuggle with this decision. The only answer is God why would you even choose the other and if your on the fence you have made your choice. I am going to tell this story to my teenage girls in my small groups on Sunday.

    Have a blessed weekend!

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  12. THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU!!!!

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  13. Yes, that tree is in my yard along with about 5 more. They are just beautiful. Go back and look at my post again, I added to it.

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  14. Lois,
    I really needed to hear this again today, Thanks for the reminder.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  15. This is a wonderful post, Lois. I had some similar thoughts go through my mind when I read about Natasha and you've so eloquently said what I could never say. Life is indeed short, and we never know when we will take our last breath.

    I hope Olivia is hanging in there. She's on my prayer list.

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  16. Still praying for your Olivia!

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  17. It was a tragedy for that family and yours. How short our life is here on earth, as a vapor the Bible says. Thanks for reminding those who read your blog today.

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  18. Excellent story. Thanks for another great post.

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  19. Your so right. Life is so fragile. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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  20. That's a powerful story, Lois. Oh, how right you are! We must take a firm stand and help others take a stand too!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Mandy

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  21. I was truly shocked after hearing about Natasha Richardson's death. Especially because I am the same age as she was when she died. It was a tragic reminder that life is so very short. I am not a fence sitter but have joined the flock of Jesus.

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  22. I AM SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF YOUR FATHER. YOUR POST WAS BEAUTIFUL AND TO THE POINT.
    IF I HAD JUST A DIME FOR THE TIMES I HAVE ATTENDED A FUNERAL AND THEY ASK...DO YOU KNOW IF THEY WERE A CHRISTIAN........I JUST WANT TO SCREAM OUT....IT IS TOO LATE TO ASK NOW....
    THE SADDEST FUNERAL I EVER ATTENDED WAS A COUSIN AND THEY PUT A 6 PACK OF BEER IN HIS CASKET....I WAS LEFT AN OUT CAST BECAUSE I CRIED OUT ABOUT IT.....I CRIED FOR DAYS OVER HIS SUDDEN DEATH.....I DID NOT KNOW HIM THAT WELL...I HAVE FRIENDS THAT ARE MORE FAMILY THAN HE WAS.....LIFE IS VERY SAD AND IT IS UNBEARABLE TO THINK OF PEOPLE IN HELL....I DON'T WANT SATAN TO GET ANYONE....NOT A SINGLE SOUL....AND THAT IS WHY I TRY TO TELL EVERYONE OF JESUS AND HIS MERCIES.
    THANK YOU FOR BEING A LIGHT FOR JESUS IN BLOG LAND...THE FIELDS ARE WHITE UNTO HARVEST BUT WHERE ARE THE WORKERS.
    BLESS YOU SWEET LADY FOR YOUR BLOG.
    I READ THE UPDATE ON OLIVIA. I AM STILL PRAYING FOR HER.
    BLESSINGS
    HUGS
    debbie

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  23. I think Rush (yes the 70'S rock band) also said choosing not to choose, you still have made a choice!

    I have spent much of my life on a fence. Not anymore. Thanks for the reminder.

    Thanks for participating in my giveaway... I'll pick the winner Friday and post it Saturday.
    Have a great Sunday!
    ~Liz

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  24. This is an amazing post Lois - I always love your inspirational posts, and the ones that help us shake our beliefs and convictions up and see if they still hold water. How often is our passive reluctance to make a choice and be counted blighting our chances of a real and personal relationship with Him - not to mention failing to see where the alternative leads us. Thank you as always for sending me away thinking and wondering. Love to you all, and continued prayers for dear Olivia.

    Fiona x

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  25. These are timely words, and well said. You have a wonderful blog here...

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  26. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have enjoyed reading yours! This story is so true, I may use it on my blog if you don't mind! I will be back! God bless you and your family!

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