Have you ever had a day where God was just on point? You felt Him. His presence was strong and your day went great and you knew He had His hand in it all?
I recently had one of those days where everything I did, everything I went through, God was so strong; His presence was there and it was just amazing to see Him working right at my side. My husband and I were also praying for something and on this particular day God answered that prayer. My husband called to tell me the great news as I was driving in the car. I was blown away and so thankful. I bawled all the way to the Post Office (I am sure the people working at the Post Office thought I was a little crazy and probably prayed for me when I left but for different reasons haha!)
As I gained my composure and I headed home still on a Jesus High, thanking Him over and over, in a split second that all changed. As I was driving I was coming up to a yield sign where I had to yield to the cars coming off a bridge behind me. Cars were flying as I was waiting. A car slowed down to let me go and I waited for just a second to make sure that’s what they were doing. They became upset that I waited a whole THREE seconds, at the most, just to make sure all was well. I drove off and that put them behind me. I could see them flailing their arms around, honking their horn and really mad that I took a few extra seconds to make sure it was safe for me to go. Well next thing I know I was mad. My first thought was, who do you think you are yelling at me like this? He started driving really close behind me at that point and I had had it! I slammed on my breaks and said to myself, but loud enough I was for sure him to hear me (LOL), “Bring it on!” RIGHT after I said it, I felt sick. One minute I was praising God and next minute I was in my human flesh; road rage with some guy who didn’t even know me! In an instant it was like my brain switched and the lights went off and I had forgotten my blessings. I immediately had to repent and apologize to God and ask forgiveness over my actions.
Isn’t it like Satan to try and take your eyes off Jesus? It’s a daily battle we will fight until we are in Heaven with Jesus. We really need to remember and ask for prayer that God reveals to us that we need to back off a little and not jump into how our flesh wants to handle a situation, but handle it showing the love of Jesus. I’m sure we’ve all had those “Wal-Mart Moments” as I call them; where it seems people are in your way or cutting the line. Everyone seems to be in a bad mood and rude and it chaotic all around. All you want to do is treat others the way you are being treated! In those “Wal-Mart Moments” of life turn to prayer and ask God to help you show love and show Jesus in this world. Our world needs more Jesus and one little action that we make could change more than we know. I wish I would have kept my cool out on the road when the other gentleman was upset at me. Yet, I’m so thankful God forgave me in that moment of weakness where I was just as much in the wrong as the gentleman mad at me.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8). As hard as it is to go through this world when others may not be expressing the love of God, whether it be in your work, school, home, friends or a stranger on the road, we need to pray for how we are handling it and also pray for others in the situation.
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us over and over. Thank you for forgiveness when it seems we don’t deserve it. It’s hard not to get caught up in this world of craziness and madness when it seems everyone and everything around us is just falling apart. We need to remember that you have known this would all come to play. Lord, help us when we are in a situation that we want to lash out and be angry for being wronged even when we were not in the wrong. Help us to show grace, love and compassion to others. I thank you, Father, for being there with us through all things. We love you! Amen.