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Lines in the Sand

Lines in the Sand

photo credit: Lars Plougmann via photopin cc

photo credit: Lars Plougmann via photopin cc

There are two meanings for drawing a line in the sand. One is that you make a decision not to cross a certain point. No more movement forward, not one more step past it.

The other meaning is that a firm decision has been made and you cross that line and never go back.

Isn’t that interesting?

One line. You either stop right before it or go full-force through it.

We’re staring at that line right now. Actually, we’re staring at a lot of lines.

Lines in the sand, drawn by God. Our toes are inching their way forward–not out of stubbornness or fear–but just out of the sheer fact that some things take time. Some lines are closer than others. Some are on the horizon. But they’re there.

This weekend we are training to become foster parents. Come Sunday afternoon, a line will have been crossed.

Then we will do paperwork. And have background checks. And a home study. Physicals. These are other lines to cross in a few weeks. And we’ll cross them.

At some point in the near future, there will be another one. A bigger one. A major event like getting married or having a child or becoming a believer. The kind that divides the “before” and the “after”. This line is the one that holds the heart of a little one, who is hurting and scared and needing us.

I’m not sure how we will cross that line but we’ll do it. We may be on our knees crawling over it. And clasping hands with others who will help us through it. And raising palms to the only One who will be before it, in it, and after it.

What it looks like on the other side, only God knows. That’s an interesting phenomenon that comes when you decide to step over these types of lines. You can’t totally see over it and past it or through it. But I’m guessing that it’s beautiful. And hard. And messy. And undoubtedly worth crossing over.

We all have our own lines that we draw in the sand. Are you about to cross over one? 


  1. Jim Redovian says:

    Crossing that line involves and must include crossing that line that gives your heart and soul’s to God and truly have the faith that he will be with you no matter what. You have already crossed the hardest line, he will make all the others a little easier. I can ‘t think of any other couple more prepared to function on the other side of the line

  2. Pattie Hannah says:

    What a blessing it is to “read” the story of God’s call on your life! Each page brings a new insight, and a new opportunity to pray for your family as you bravely and joyfully “cross the lines” He puts before you.

    • Pattie, I can’t thank you and Mack enough for your support and prayer through this journey. We feel loved and held up and more brave because people like you understand the call. We definitely feel like we are all in this together!

  3. Margaret says:

    thanking God for the blessing you will all be to little ones in need…. rejoicing over the line crossing….

  4. Monica McKay Jackson says:


    When I married my husband I also gained a little boy. And, truthfully, I never could imagine my life without my “little” Isaac. I am very glad he allowed me to become his mother, legally adopt him and raise him. Adoption is a wonderful roller coaster, full of ups and downs. And, by far, the ups outweigh the downs.

    I wish your family the best of luck in your journey. I know your lives will become richer, closer and more fulfilled because of this path.


    • Monica, that is wonderful. What a blessing. The more I know about God (and how He has adopted us and claimed us as His own) makes me think adoption is one of the most beautiful displays of faith. Thanks for sharing your story with me.

  5. What a beautiful and powerful message. Loved it.

  6. This is so exciting, Katie! I hope you’ll continue to keep me updated on your journey.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    You are amazing :-)

  8. Jane ahendrix says:

    With your faith, sense of humor and outlook, that child is going to be one lucky kid. However, I know you and your family will benefit too! Can’t wait to follow this leap faith!

  9. Loved this post. Cannot wait to see how God uses your family. You are all in my prayers. I felt God push me across the line with our journey. Literally, PUSH. Your post helped me think about the lines I have now and What I am doing about them.

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