Yesterday while checking out at the grocery store, the cashier told me from the beginning, this was only the second time to check out alone. From then on, it was having to stop and get help with different items, to check prices and correct mistakes. About this time, someone pushed her basket into me from the rear accidentally and apologized profusely.
Now what was so special to me was the compassion I felt for all of these so-called “inconveniences”. There was a time when only one of these things would have irritated me to no end. Later I saw this experience as a “pop quiz” to see if I were practicing what I had been studying and praying about; certainly not a punishment.
When I returned home, the first thing my husband said was “Wow, that didn’t take you anytime!” It was so amusing when I knew before I would have been checking my watch. Also, the remainder of the day was delightful as well. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2. Only Good is going on.
This morning while praying and thinking about my blog today, the thought came to just let it happen and not force it. Following that was the thought of ” being” versus ” being right” and it dawned on me the difference between the two. The first consist of love, gratitude and humility while the latter is about pride, ego and control. Consciously, I am asked to choose where I want to be at all times.
Proverbs 12:18 reads “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Doesn’t that refer to ” being” versus “being right”?
Last night I received a call from someone needing prayerful support while working through a challenge and seemed extremely aggressive. After hanging up the telephone, it took me some time since I knew I shouldn’t sympathize with the error but have compassion for the person working through it. Aggression wasn’t part of her true spiritual identity and I had to see her as God’s child reaching out. I noticed it took me time to rid my thoughts of judgment, but eventually Love dissolved that negative thought for me and I was able to pray successfully.
Luke 6:37 states “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” That doesn’t mean from time to time, but all of the time. Help me, Father, to do that.
My husband and I love watching the Winter Olympics. Recently I was reading where a recent new owner of a silver medal was in a definite slump last month and it was apparently obvious to others. Then, from the unlikeliest of places, a competitor from a foreign team, who spoke no English offered his sled to this young man, which never happens. One does not offer up his sled, nor favorite running shoes, etc. especially to a competitor.
Philippians 3:13-14 reads “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Isn’t this what happened? He allowed himself to swallow his pride and accept love from another. That, to me, is Love expressed!
Recently I was in a nearby town at a jewelry shop where I was having some custom earrings made. The jeweler said I would have to prepay them and they would be ready in a week. I wasn’t thrilled about paying for them initially. The week past and I called him since I had heard nothing. He seemed in overwhelm and said they were extremely busy and behind schedule. His frustration was apparent and I reacted rather than responded. We had some words and I hung up slightly irritated. I began thinking about the blogs I had been posting and realized I should reread them, which I did and prayed to see the truth about this young man.
Last night, which was Sunday night, he called to tell me he was sending my earrings and he had made a pendant to go with them that he was enclosing. Then he apologized profusely and I gratefully accepted and told him I should have been kinder myself.
Psalm 139:23-24 reads “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
“Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” This is something we have heard all of our life, but this morning I thought of it differently. I thought of loving others as I want to be loved; seeing others as I would like to be seen and of course, treating others as I would like to be treated. As I prayed to do this, I knew I hadn’t always done this and I was led to Luke 6:37 which reads “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Does this not apply to ourselves as well.
This morning, while studying and praying at my desk, I caught myself trying to intellectualize how something was going to turn out. It didn’t take long for me to turn to God and quieten my thoughts and just listen, since it was not working the other way. Trying to figure things out involves ego and self-will while understanding comes from the heart if it is filled with humility and gratitude.
Luke 9:21 reads “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:” Sometimes, I just need to listen more.