Poetry

Invisible Lines

‘You’re about to cross a line’ they say,
but, who drew it anyway?

We set our lines and with them we judge our lives, their lives, my life.
We’ve marked our limits with these lines, some drawn low,
others drawn only to show that our high lines make us worthy,
to avoid asking for mercy.

Some lines we draw ourselves, others are drawn for us.
They can been seen in the form of societal norms,
To see us conform.

But, a famous line found in the book of Romans reveals: do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

Is this an invite to draw our own lines?
To rebelliously re-define what’s acceptable and what is not?
To set our own standards and write our own answers?

We get lost
when we cross
outside the lines our creator drew.
For He knew if we remain inside, He would see us thrive.

But, don’t remain inside the lines you’ve drawn yourself
or others have drawn for you.
Lines that keep you bound and your feet stuck to the ground.

We are curious beings.
I think God made us this way.
The desire in us to figure out what we don’t already know.

So, find those lines He drew for you.
Lines not meant to trap, but protect.
Lines not meant to bring judgement, but to bring order.

His lines, they keep us balanced,
not tossed around on those moving lines that underline changing standards.
Lines that bend finally break; they make us aware of our regretful mistakes.
His lines are straight, they keep us rooted and secure in His endless mercy and unchanging grace.

God, help us to line up our lines with yours.


So watch your step. Use your head.
Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!
Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants. Ephesians 15-17 (MSG)

One Comment

  • Lou

    Really thought provoking Zoe. Societal / cultural lines change across time and place, God however is the same yesterday, today and forever. Also love the reference to not being constrained by others – let’s be set free from the views and judgements of others!

    Loving the diverse content on this site.

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