All I can think during this whole interaction is I would have missed THIS. I would have missed her. I would have missed this precious child teaching me to have joy in the small things. Her sweet loving and happy heart to help me when I had a need, that I didn’t even think I had. I would have missed giving her the chance to bless her grandma by being such a big helper. I would have missed two minutes alone with her just doing lady things together. And it has not escaped my attention that this is why. This is God’s timing. He ordained my day. I’m at the point of fighting back tears.
As it is with many things in the Christian walk everyday events give me cause to stop and ponder the root of my intentions. The longer I walk with Christ the more clearly I see – thankfully – growth in committing less outward sins; yet, the inner man is sinful, though I may have a desire to be obedient to the Lord, the flesh is weak and I constantly falter. These things always make me return to the truth that the Lord is gracious in saving me, slow to anger, gentle with my weakness, loving and kind, forgiving transgressions and abounding in steadfast love.
What is happening today is nothing in comparison to what any sinner deserves. This may very well be judgement on us for living in a blood soaked land amongst an evil people. If it is judgement it is rightly deserved. However no trial or difficulty that we may experience on earth would ever satisfy the payment that sin requires. Sin requires perfect obedience, a perfect sinless sacrifice as payment. That is only found in Jesus Christ.
It is so easy to fall into the trend that is so prevalent today in the world, to put down men for being immature little boys, trying to escape responsibilities. To listen to women, say, “where are all the good men”? While it is true there is a big problem today with what is called “The Peter Pan Syndrome” a …
We live in a culture that is filled with fakery at every turn. You have men pretending to be women, and women pretending to be men. We even have folks pretending they are animals, and the world celebrates and cheers these lies. And if anyone dare tell these folks the truth, they are demonized as “judgmental and hateful” And as …
We are believers, this is not being Christlike. What did Christ say on the Cross to His abusers? He said, “Father forgive them, for they no not what they are doing”. He did not revile, but He loved all the more, those that hung Him on that Cross.
That was us. Our sins nailed our Savior to the Cross. When we attempt to revile back at our abuser, we are thinking we are above our Savior that willingly died on that Tree. How humbling is that? Was Christ a victim? I suppose by those that knew He was innocent, like Pilate would have considered Christ a victim. But Christ considered himself obedient to the Father in dying for His people. He is victorious as He rose from the dead, after purchasing His people with His blood. And sits victorious at the right hand of the Father. This is our example.
I see this horrible thing happening in Christian marriage groups, pages, and accounts where women gather round the theoretical water cooler cackling like hens, and do things like share really private information about their homes and their husbands, seeking the guidance of perfect strangers concerning matters that should cause them to be under pastoral care. Anything from advice about the marriage bed, to how their husbands are too pathetic to be capable of washing dishes to their standards.
The inclination of my flesh to sin says, you could have orchestrated these events better. If he really cared how your day went he wouldn’t have allowed these things to go wrong, maybe I should just run the show aka desire to rule over you. My mind and heart turn into the accuser of the brethren. I hate that my own mind and emotions are so deceptive and manipulative. I can agree fully with the Prophet Jeremiah when he says:
“The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”