"Mercy triumphs over judgment." ... James 2:13
Oh, I discovered a fourth special blog(!) this week and you'll find it here:
Mama Monk: Micha Boyett
These two sentences from a blog post there, An Invitation to Curiosity, continue my last post (in a way). This stuff brought whole carloads of peace to my head beginning in the 90's:
"What if I were curious about the rude waiter or the angry driver? What if I asked myself who is there underneath their actions, instead of how I’ve been slighted?"
Yes! What if, indeed?
I have found there is no peace for the easily-offended, the grudge holders and that open-wounded healers can only aid others to the extent of their own healing. Held-onto offences seep from cuts for years and inhibit healing for all.
Yet there's much calm (and renewed healing) for those who plunge the spade deeper, for people genuinely interested in understanding where the rants and bitterness and snippiness came from. And then after discovery, extending the same mercy which God, Himself, handed them, a set-free-forever type which gushes and heals all it touches.
Because it is real. It came unobstructed from The Source.
It's time to stop being mad at the weak and preaching that we are always justified in running, screaming from them, leaving them in their misery. The time to forgive, to long to understand is here and then comes asking God where to go from that changed-by-holy-ground place.
He knows best! Without His word, His whispers, we never do. And that's why we run when He meant us to stay, stay when He meant us to leave and seldom find ourselves in the perfect learning places for such a time as this. Places where, if we don't throw ourselves upon God, we drown in our own unforgiveness rather than grow in amazing grace.
Always, He has Better for us, even when that Better doesn't, at first, appear, well, better. Usually Better comes when we walk through, not around.
The rest of Micha's post:
An Invitation to Curiosity
"For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you." ... Psalm 86:5
"... be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." ... Romans 12:2
I watched another fascinating documentary this week: Moving Midway.
If you like Southern history, old plantations, old movies, family history, dynamics and genealogy, you'll quite likely enjoy this. (I found it by way of instant Netflix.)
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