Three children spilled out of our car happily after being at a park with the Pastor I call Husband. Sand, bare feet and messy faces greeted me, along with my eight year old who had, had, a small altercation with two older boys in the playground.
“One was my age mum, and the other, well, he was ten. They were protecting their fort and throwing sand at me.”
I could see by the look on my husbands face that it wasn’t serious, but my first-born, had wild blue eyes and her words, filled with self-defense made the corners of my mouth curve up.
“Mama, they threw sand at me twice! I asked them to stop it, but they didn’t listen, so I told them that I was going to-take-them-out.”
Pardon I heard myself say shocked. “You told two boys that you were going to take-them-out?” I admit, I burst into laughter, not because I condone such behaviour but because this timid little girl found her brave and I stood amazed at her audacity.
I had to use the situation as a coaching moment for guidance, but I gotta admit, I found myself giggling at the boldness of Charli girl, who wasn’t at all intimidated by the height, or age of her potential opponent.
After talking some, the subject was dropped and I applauded her for listening to her Daddy’s whispers in the heat of the moment- he had quietly talked her through it, giving wisdom and pointing her in the right direction.
Instead of clenching fists and thrusting them angrily towards the boys in anger, she stood down, walked away and found peace within herself.
“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9
Are you being prompted to step down from a situation in your life as you are fighting a losing battle?
Are you in a relationship which is harming you internally, robbing you of joy and peace?
You allow yourself to be consumed by past conversations, or replay situations that you’ve encountered with your opposition and you feel your heart beating quickly and your emotion rising.
You want justice, a chance to speak your pre mediated thoughts, which have been carefully chosen to sting and harm.
You’ve been conjuring up words, forming an argument to defend yourself. You’ve silently rehearsed sentences and your feelings so you can strike and wound, with the intention to hurt the heart of the receiver.
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
There is a feeling blowing through your hollow bones, that you must be the one to guard and protect your heart, for if you don’t, then who will?
That you must bring justice, fight to protect your name and reputation.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
The Father, who sees all things is more concerned about your character then you are. He reaches in to guard your heart and watch over your reputation, we must simply follow His ways and adhere to his instructions when we encounter trials.
Chase the heart of Jesus, Servant Girl, and mimic his response when adversary comes your way.
A gentle response will not stir up trouble but a harsh word will. It will create angst and arguments and silence between you and the other.
Allow the truth to set you free…
Do not be the catalyst in fracturing the relationship further, but rather, be the girl who restores the broken.
For how you behave will say more about who you are, then the harsh words you choose to speak in a moment where emotions govern.
Your reaction will determine the relationship, and will control the direction in which it will head.
The LORD supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground.” Psalms 147:6
God is always a Father of justice, allow Him to take that wheel. Rest in the assurance that He knows your days ahead and plans out your marvelous future…
“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.” Psalm 34:5-6
EXTRA FOOD– from the Pastor I call Husband.