Big Gate but No Fence

I’ve watched with curiosity as a property, on my way to work, has taken shape these past two years.

First, the owner built a house. Then, he built another one. Finally, he added a large garage in between them.

This was just the beginning. Next, the creative fellow added lots of landscaping, a large fountain, and two lion sculptures–to guard the main entrance.

But, it’s his latest addition that leaves me pondering a biblical application. The man erected two huge brick columns, one behind each lion, and mounted a metal arch over the top. It’s quite the fancy gate. But here’s the thing: there’s no fence connected to either side.

Go through the narrow gate, because the gate to hell is wide and the road that leads to it is easy, and there are many who travel it. But the gate to life is narrow and the way that leads to it is hard, and there are few people who find it.

Matthew 7:13-14 (GNT)

Kind reader, the broad boulevard that leads to destruction is all too easy to find and entices many a traveler. Yet there is no security surrounding it. On the other hand, the narrow gate comes with 360 degree protection.

You are all around me on every side; you protect me with your power.

Psalm 139:5
Photo by Alan Kearns, my brother in Christ from the Kingdom of Fife 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

You hem me in–behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.

Psalm 139:5 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️






35 responses to “Big Gate but No Fence”

  1. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    I am honored, David! Praise God for his inspiration!

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  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I always appreciate your perspective, Nancy! The sheep analogy is a great one; we most certainly need a shepherd—whether we acknowledge it or not. Psalm 139:5 is a perfect scripture for this post. I will edit and put it at the end. God Bless!

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  3. Nancy Ruegg Avatar

    With no fence a defenseless sheep can get in a heap of trouble. I for one am glad God hems me in (Psalm 139:5)!

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Gary. As soon as I saw the gate with no fence I knew there was a biblical application in there somewhere.

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  5. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Great story and application David. Sometimes odd things in life point out great spiritual applications

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, Dawn. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless!

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  7. Dawn Avatar

    May we stick with that narrow gate that leads to life and resist any temptations that try to lead us astray.

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You bet! I’m reminding myself, as well.

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  9. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Thanks for the reminder to stay on the straight and narrow!

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Me too, Barb. Maybe it’s a work in progress?

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  11. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    I love where you went with this BUT I am puzzled at the gate-with-no-fence.

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I just saw your post. Going to give it a good read soon. Dinner is 🌭 bratwurst. A very German dish for a northwest Europe descendant like me.

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  13. Alan Kearns Avatar

    For sure David, feel free to use anything from me brother – it all belongs to Him, not me.😁
    What is for dinner then? Something tasty I hope.
    My Lord’s Day post will be up in three minutes, and I will be going to bed soon.
    God bless you and your family brother, Amen.

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  14. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Happy almost tomorrow in Scotland, brother. It’s dinner time here. This is actually the second time I’ve used your excellent photo for a post. The first time I asked permission. I figured this time it was ago to share it again. 😊God’s best to the Kearns clan. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿


  15. Alan Kearns Avatar

    A truly great post and illustration from life David. It will be interesting to hear how the gentleman proceeds with his project. The Narrow Path is one of the best descriptions of the Christian Journey in Scripture in my opinion. Funny enough there is another photo taken about half a mile from that path that I named the Narrow Gate, which is one of my favourite photos of Formonthills. Thank you for using my wee photo and blessing me today brother, God bless you today 🙏

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I plan to visit the UK one day. 96% of my DNA comes from England, Scotland, and Wales! I’m glad you find a healthy challenge in my posts. I always seek to challenge myself first. God Bless!

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  17. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    I always find a healthy challenge in your posts, David.
    As an aside I grew up a stone’s throw from the Kingdom of fife. There are lovely little paths like this all over Scotland (and the whole of the UK) 🙂

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  18. Blue Collar Theologian Avatar

    Love it! Can’t wait to hear all about it!!!!

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Mandy. I plan to visit Scotland someday and walk this little path myself! I’ll also have some haggis with brother Alan. 😃

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  20. Blue Collar Theologian Avatar

    Great photo and post, David!

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s right! God, plus one, equals a majority. Thank you, Betty. 😊

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  22. Betty Avatar

    Plus God is always with me. 🙂

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The photo is all the way from Scotland. I love it, too! You make a great point, we don’t walk the narrow road alone, Christ walks with us. Blessings, Pastor Pete.

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  24. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Love the photo and the thought of the narrow path. So glad Jesus walks it with us.

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Cindy! The photo was taken by my friend Alan while out on a walk through the Scottish countryside.

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You seem like the type of person who draws others in to your own brand of fun, Betty. Thank you for sharing!

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  27. Betty Avatar

    So many people do things because “everyone” is doing it, too. I don’t mind going my own way because I’m not ever alone.

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  28. Cindy Dawson Avatar

    Excellent! Love the photo. Blessings, David!

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Andy B. As we say here in the U.S., “Take time to smell the roses.”🌹🌹🌹🌹

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  30. Avatar

    Amen. Such a lovely post

    Andy B

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes sir, Matt. That’s a great scripture to go with this post. Thank you, brother!

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  32. jesusluvsall Avatar

    As Jesus said- “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No comes to the Father except through me”

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  33. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s been interesting, to say the least, Bridget, and it’s still going on! I assume the gentleman plans to build a nice split-rail fence around the whole property. But, at the moment, it’s just a big ole gate. The biblical parallel is clear.
    Thanks for stopping by! God Bless.

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  34. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    The world will try to entice to the broad boulevard. But thankfully our Lord and Savior lovingly guides us to the best path. Thank you for sharing! Great post and great story. I bet it was fun watching the development on that property.

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