Yesterday, I ran out of paint in the middle of a painting project. My excursion to buy more consisted of me going out in mud boots and a hooded sweatshirt. Well not just that, of course, I was wearing jeans too. My point is, I was dressed down, way down! No make-up, ponytail, you get it!
When I stopped to get a drink at a nearby gas station, I was taken back by the number of men there, and how I was apparently the only female at that store at that time. They stared and gawked as if they had never seen a woman before. Remember, nothing about the way I was dressed would have caused them to do this! I hadn’t even gotten out of my car, when one man walked by my window and nearly stopped to peer inside at me.
Really? Whatever happened to boundaries and giving people their space? Yuck. I almost felt violated.
Not even thirty minutes later, I had 3 teen girls–I’m pretty sure they were high on drugs by the way they were driving–nearly hit me at a stop light. I blew my horn at them just to keep them from hitting me. They seemed to pay no attention to the fact there were other cars on the road. For at least a mile, I followed them with them flipping me off and throwing trash out their windows to hit my car.
Now can I just say, my nerves were a little more than on edge at this point? No let me take that back, if I could’ve, in that moment, I would like to have… Never mind what I would like to have done. Just use your imagination! Several things came to mind, but none of them really matter. I was furious!
Really? What in the world was going on?
I was overwhelmed with the thought that this is the world we live in! It’s dark. People are disrespectful. We live in a ME-saturated country where we give in to lust and nearly killing people on the road to have our way. Boundaries don’t matter. If we want it, we go for it with no regard for who we might hurt.
Then this election last night, wow! I’m just sad that as a country we’ve clearly picked a moral path, and I’m afraid it’s not God’s path. I understand people have VERY strong feelings about this stuff, but seriously… marijuana, gay marriage, abortion?
Do people seriously not know any better? Or are we simply choosing to thumb our noses at God, as if to say, “It doesn’t matter what you think God. Your Word doesn’t matter. We’re gonna do what we want, when we want. We’ve got this! We’ll let you know if we get in a bind and need your help. Be sure, we’ll be on our knees calling out to You when we get ourselves into trouble. Until then, we’d like to be left alone to do what we want.”
I mean this is, in essence, what we’re saying, right? How can we expect Him to protect and bless us when we’ve turned our backs on Him?
But here’s what He spoke to me (in Spirit) this morning, as I ranted to Him about how sorry and repentant I am for MY sins, and everyone else’s. He said, “Everything you’ve seen, I’ve allowed. I’m still in control. Trust Me. IF my people had gotten the man they wanted in office, they wouldn’t have been as likely to trust Me. The tendency would’ve been for them to put too much of their hope and trust in him to fix their problems! I need them to trust Me. I need them on their knees. I need them to put their hope in Me, not in men!”
Ahhh, makes sense. You see, God will be glorified regardless of how messed up we are! One way or another, He will receive glory! He has to let us fall on our faces, sometimes, so we’ll turn to Him.
Remember back at the gas station with all the men? Before I got out of my car, I was on the phone with a friend and voiced my disgust. She politely reminded me that I should pray for them. Humbling, yes! Then, she stopped and prayed for me AND for them. When I opened my eyes, all of the men were gone. My car was the only one left sitting there. Wow!
Yes, prayer is powerful! Light pierces darkness! I hope we’ll continue to remember that people are lost, like sheep with no Shepherd. Let us not forget the power and importance of loving others, praying for others, and being light in this dark world. May we continue to remember that man is imperfect, but God is not. May we always put our hope and trust in Him, the One who has power and authority over life and death, principalities, and all governments and kingdoms. Through Jesus we have the victory!
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
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