This morning as I was awakened by a telephone call where someone needed prayerful support, I was instantly reminded of my prayer yesterday. My prayer is always to do good daily and be always willing to turn to God immediately. While I was thinking along these lines, I was led to Matthew 20:30 which reads “Behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.'” This took place while Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He was met with betrayal, condemnation and crucifixion, but He stops to heal them.
After reading this, I became so aware that rather than turn people away, He gladly and lovingly received them, no matter what was going on. Shouldn’t I do the same?
The telephone just rang and it was a solicitor and just when I began to hang up, I remembered my blog from yesterday telling how rude I could be to these callers or how I usually hung up on them but wanted to be kinder! Rather than hang up, I listened patiently and told him I was not interested, but graciously thanked him for the call and information. As I laid down the receiver, my heart filled with love and gratitude about how free I felt.
The story of the little chicken pecking out of his shell came to thought. It would be so easy for the mama chicken to break open the egg from the outside, but not only could that injure the baby chick; he needed to strengthen his neck muscles by pecking. Just as when I receive a call, I can practice being kinder until it just becomes easier and easier.
James 4:7 states “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” When I respond rather than react, I become more peaceful, joyous and harmonious!