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Whatever is Pure - April 2008
But Jesus Remained Silent.
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A literary critic disliked a short story I recently wrote. No one likes to see their magnum opus snubbed, spurned, or shredded. What toasted my grits about this guy's critique was that I thought he completely missed the point. Seemed like he was headed to L.A. and took the off-ramp for Omaha instead.
When's the last time that happened to you? You offered an opinion, answered a question, or presented a viewpoint that was mangled and misconstrued in the hand-off. Your child, spouse, or friend heard your response – but not the explanation. And they stomped away fit to be tied. Maybe a prayer request was misheard or misconstrued. Rather than ask for clarification, the hearer runs around using your "request" to fuel the church rumor mill.
Misperceptions. Misunderstandings. Missed off-ramps. Aren't they annoying? Frustrating? As in: she was dense. He didn't get it. They were insensitive, rude, jumped to conclusions, assumed facts not in evidence, are hauling a brick short of a load.
But look at it another way: what does your response to being misunderstood say about you?
In my case, I wanted to give the editorial Boy Wonder a piece of my mind – before it blew. But is that how the Lord Jesus responded to his critics? (If you recall, they were mostly the religious leaders of the day.)
Maybe that negative critique raised some good points – even I disagreed with them. Maybe that disappointment or misunderstanding is an opportunity to grow more Fruit of the Spirit, especially in the Patience, Gentleness and Self Control Departments (Galatians 5:22,23).
Now I'm not saying we wink at or excuse careless or insensitive behavior or park ourselves in the middle of the Tactless Turnpike and get run over. But within the context of constructive criticism, are the wounds of a friend -- okay, even a critic -- sometimes better than the kisses of an enemy (Proverbs 27:6)? Can God use what we see as "negative" feedback to lop off some pride, slice away some self-centeredness, prune back some myopia and polish us into a better reflection of his Son? That guy with the buzz-saw cut a little too close. But now I'm thinking, What can I learn from this? Put another way: Maybe it's time for a shave.
© Kristine Lowder
Some say an infant has a sense of remembrance
Such a wonder we soon forget.
Societal norms.....distant peace
Help me to remember, Lord
Radiant light steps inside
Knowing this, I can freely give
Let me draw upon the Father's love
But now, I remember who I am
No longer crippled love
Lift Up Your Eyes
Rev 21:4 "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes"
What strikes me as I read this is the closeness and the intimacy of this meeting, if you think about how close hearts become as we as human beings and individuals are at times of great sorrow as we are either comforting another, or are being comforted ourselves. And then to think of that intimacy. Instead of a loved one, friend, sister, brother, mother or father, who truly does love you, it is THE ONE who loved you enough to have paid your sin debt by dying and rising again in victory for you; THE ONE who truly knows your sorrow and pain, THE ONE who has gone through your sorrow and your pain before you and laid the foundation for the pathway that you are now going along.
It's the Almighty God of Heaven! The Lord Jesus Christ himself!
And He is touching your cheek! It's not you reaching out spiritually to Him in prayer anymore, but it's Him reaching out and physically touching your face! Maybe He will take your chin in one of His nail-scarred hands, while carefully wiping the tears from your face with the other? Lifting your eyes till they meet His as a father would take and comfort his child? I believe it will be a time of incredible closeness.© Willy Postma
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