Friday, November 28, 2008
Way back when I was a sorta-kinda counselor at church, I usually spoke with two kinds of people: those who really wanted help and those who only wanted pity and to be told "just keep doing what you're doing, you poor dear, even though what you're doing isn't working."
The first group was lovely to spend time with. They'd listen to me, nod their heads in agreement, ask questions, let me pray for them and then often they'd go out, smiling new smiles from a little bit of new hope.
The second group, though... those pity-seekers. Argh. They made me crazy. For every bit of advice I'd give, they'd give me two reasons why it wouldn't work for them. We'd talk and they'd squawk and blame God for what actually satan was doing (or their own lack of wisdom) and see themselves as special cases where Bible truths would not work for them. I couldn't convince them otherwise.
Frankly? I hate it when people accuse God of doing the bad stuff. Hate. It.
Here is a favorite passage of mine:
"The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever." Isaiah 32:17
Wow. A person could get a little tipsy on a verse like that. I could live off a verse like that for a week.
When bad things happen to me, I sooo want to be the kind of person who remains calm, quiet and confident that God is perfectly able to fix things. I so desire to hug Him to me closer than ever when my circumstances turn tragic or just plain dark.
And if you ever see or hear me blaming God for what satan is doing... or making my stomach sick because of worry... or falling to pieces... or believing every negative report as gospel truth... well, you have my permission to shoot me. Because really, I'd find it hard to live with myself anyway if I distrusted God like that, not after what He and I have been through... not after experiencing Life with this One who sticks closer than--and is a better friend than--a brother.
"The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)." John 10:10
I found this woman inspiring. Maybe you will, too.