James 1:2-3 My Brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
God hedges in His own in order to protect them. Yet often they only see the wrong side of the hedge and therefore misunderstand His actions.
And so it was with Job when he asked, "Why is life given to a man whose way is hidden, whom God has hedged in?" (Job 3:23)
Ah, but satan knew the value of that hedge! He challenged the LORD by saying, "Have you not put a hedge around (Job 1:10)
Onto the pages of every trial there are narrow shafts of light that shine.
Thorns will not prick you until you lean against them, and not one will touch you without God knowing.
The words that hurt you, the letter that caused you pain, the cruelty of your closest friend, your financial need--they are all know to Him.
He sympathizes as no one else can and watches to see if through it all, you will dare to trust Him completely.