What do we do when we are hurt, our child is hurt, a situation is unjust…?
Do we stop and ask God what He wants us to know? Even in the midst of our feelings? Have you ever done this and God totally changed a situation, your response to a situation or both?
I have spent much of my life reacting to people and situations. I have completely disagreed with someone, been justified biblically, yet completely up the creek and sinful with my passionate very ungentle response. Is it possible to be right and wrong at the same time?
My mother really did not spend much “quality” one on one talking time with me as I was growing up. When I was a teenager I tried to grab her attention and when she simply did not respond, I went around slamming doors and making my presence known. I was hurt and angry. Yes, my mother needed to spend some time with me, she was the parent after all, and needed to give her daughter some affection but my response was wrong and sinful. I was right and wrong at the same time.
You may not go around slamming doors to express your feelings. How can you learn to stop, think about the situation, ask God what He want you to know and how He wants you to react?
I am coming more and more to the conclusion that this little phrase, STOP and LISTEN is a key to hidden treasure.
Psalm 46b “Be still and know that I am God.”