Perspectives are always bounded. You and I can only see so far left to right. It is only natural that one rarely tends to look beyond self-imposed boundaries. It is as if we are circus elephants; chained and secured because we have come to accept the shackles and the limits given to us in our past.
Singapore is a country of rapid change. A historical building is all of thirty years old. Building depreciate, are torn down, and a new cycle begins with incredible regularity. Everything can be challenged, improved, and expanded. As consistent as this cycle has been for over thirty years, it is also bounded by tradition and self imposed parameters.
Critically speaking, many Singaporeans have no idea what treasures lie unused. New is valued more than old. Brand names are held in high esteem while bespoke is often seen as yesterday. Even the desirability of a location follows trends. Gems, undeveloped neighborhoods sit untouched yet still within reach.
You can find rows of shop houses, shuttered and decaying. The neighborhood is close but not in a trendy section of town. As one looks as the ornate castings, simple design, and functional potential, it is easy to wonder aloud. The idea of a restored loft is foreign to the average persons thoughts. The concept of modern appliances integrated in with traditional architecture and furniture is something only seen in magazines. The average investor cannot imagine what might be.
Far too frequently I find myself thinking I know God’s boundaries. I am blinded by boundaries of my imagination. In the quiet moments of the dark, I hear “the Decree of the Master, God himself, who gathers in the exiles of Israel: ‘I will gather others also, gather them in with those already gathered.” (Isaiah 56.8) I hear and realize that God’s view is so much bigger than my own.
In the coming dawn I realize I have the ability to set new boundaries, to let God expand my vision. I can see beyond my limits through the Spirit. The opportunity resides in and with us.
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