We need to dig ditches where the fire needs to stop. We want to focus on the fire, but while we’re focused on an isolated area, we lose sight of the bigger picture. When we widen our perspective and consider the next step, we can prepare boundaries that minimize the damage and loss we experience. We won’t completely eliminate the damage and loss. Life is messy, and if we’re honest, most of our growth comes after seasons of pruning and moments of fires that get rid of overgrowth, including what we’re hanging onto but needs to go in order for us to move forward with a slightly (or drastically) different perspective.
The truth is digging ditches where the fire needs to stop isn’t comfortable much of the time. Setting healthy boundaries isn’t as easy as we wish. I’m not always sure if I’m willing to do what God’s going to prompt me to do when I ask him, so sometimes, I hesitate to ask. But I’ve learned I can trust him. I know he will provide in ways that lead me into and away from situations and people. His ways have purpose I can’t find without him. I don’t always understand. Sometimes I squirm. But I am nearly always grateful.
Digging ditches is hard. So is faith much of the time. But getting dirty and sweaty and smoky while pursuing God is totally worth it.