Have you ever, as you were going up and down the grocery store aisle, run into the same person over and over again? That’s what happened to me that day. I kept having to excuse myself for needing to reach in front of the same person who, to put it kindly, was acting entitled. I wasn’t doing it on purpose but she seemed bent on having an attitude with me.
After my adventure of playing dodge-the-woman I bought my groceries and went back to my humble red van and I noticed the entitledlady was parked in the spot right next to me and was getting into a Jaguar… a very cool looking car right? I also noticed that she was having an attitude with the man she was with and he was trying to get the hood of the car opened, I wondered if he even knew what he was looking for! I thought this would be a chance to do good for evil so I got out and asked if I could be of assistance in case they needed a jump-start for the battery. She drew herself up into a very haughty stance and announced loudly “No, I’m good!” I got back into my van which cranked the first time I turned the key, backed out and left her standing there holding her pride and the poor man hostage.
I wondered how her day would turn out.
Proverbs 6:16-19 “These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren.”
Did anyone besides me notice that the very first thing listed in that list of God’s most un-favorite things was a proud look?
My attitude towards someone like that is one of the things I have to ask forgiveness for when I say my prayers. I don’t even know how to describe the ire it raises in me. Everything in me rebels and I would love to hold a mirror up in front of their raised chin and nose held high in the air! My best hope would be that they would see spinach stuck in one of their teeth or some bodily fluid hanging from their nostril! Now isn’t that a very sweet and Christ-like image for you of myself?
I’m only telling the truth here.
Now let me ask you this…
who is worse, the lady who treated me so rudely
me for resenting her so much?
Did I want to do it because I wanted to do good for evil
did I just want the pleasure of showing her that this insect of a person could actually do her some good or that somehow my Plymouth van was superior to her Jaguar because at least it started!
I will tell you the honest truth; my thought as I pulled away was “a living dog is more powerful than a dead lion.”
Here is what I know, God loves us all the same, big and small, rich and poor, what ever the color of our skin, eyes or hair, He created us all in His image and the Bible tells me that God is love…
So tomorrow is another day and Lamentation 3:22-24 “GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”
He still loves me yes He really does!