Last week I found myself devastated by someone's words (actually, the lack of them). It seemed to pierce me to the core, leaving me yelling at the ceiling, tears pouring down my face.
God may allow us to go to that ugly place, but I'm so thankful He doesn't want us to linger there. Poor Tom bore the brunt of my pain, and gently soothed me. By the time he left for work, my spirit had calmed enough to "hear" the Holy Spirit.
It surely cut to our Savior's soul to be betrayed by Judas and denied by Peter. He knew the men He had chosen. Still, I can't help but wonder if His human flesh wasn't wounded by some of those closest to Him. How can I compare an oversight to the intentional acts of Jesus' disciples?
Heading down for breakfast with Maise and Joyce (Meyer), guess what she was teaching on? You got it! Emotions and having a servant's heart. This time, the tears were dried and the heart beat a little slower. The cat and I settled in to listen to God's Word.
With mounting pleasure in His will, I was almost humming as I sliced cake to share at school, and packed the game and treats for the sweet girl I get to tutor once a week. God still wasn't finished redirecting me.
Really, People,I think the Christian radio stations played nothing but songs of service on the way to school. It seemed like God wasn't willing for me to stay in that ugly place any time at all. He wanted to make sure I got the message loud and clear.
Of course, the text was the Gospel of John's account of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. It brought my recent personal study back to mind. I love the way John beautifully depicts the "handmaiden's" heart of our Lord throughout the gospel.
Dear Reader, I pray words and actions impacting your life are affirming. We can be thankful the writer(s) of Proverbs understands life isn't always positive. ("A heart full of joy and goodness makes a cheerful face, But when a heart is full of sadness the spirit is crushed." Proverbs 15:13 AMP)
But understanding is made stronger with encouragement like the writer(s) of the Psalms offers us, "Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you restless and disturbed within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my [sad] countenance and my God." (Psalm 43:5 AMP)
If you are looking for more encouragement, come on over to Crystal's and Kelly's with me.