The Apostle Jeremiah cried out for God’s help.
I’ve often prayed for His help myself, even more so since I’ve been walking closely with Him. And I’ve noticed that the Holy Spirit slows everything down when I do genuinely want His aid.
What happens in this momentary pause? I can feel my patience chipping away and then the subtle prompting of the Holy Spirit to contain my emotions.
Most days, I listen to His prompting. I stop to pray, take a deep breath, and listen to calming music… but this day I just couldn’t get there.
You may not realize it by looking at me, but this isn’t the first time I’ve written about my lifelong struggle with anger. I wouldn’t say that I have a quick-temper, but I have the type of anger that slowly builds from repression.
I keep it inside, simmering underneath the surface. And on this particular day, I desperately needed help.
So I turned to prayer for God’s intervention- for Him to show me what I needed to do about it in this moment. But I didn’t receive an immediate answer from Him, like any words of wisdom to snap me out of it.
Possibly because I was already past the point of no return, shrinking the presence of the Holy Spirit within. I was livid… ready to let loose and start yelling at anything in my path.
And so I did. At first, it felt great to get it all out.
But then the satisfaction of being heard soon left as I saw tears falling down my three-year-old’s face. I felt ashamed at not having any self-control, especially when I’m trying to set the example for my son.
Not only was I ashamed because of failing to be the example, but also because I failed my readers. I was writing a blog post on encouragement, and I could feel the bitter irony of being a poor encourager to my son.
It was a humbling experience. When I’m soaring high above the storm with my anger in check one moment, and then the very next moment, giving into it and spiraling to the ground.
And so I professed to God, “I shouldn’t be writing, if I’m unable to practice the things I write about.” God responded, “That’s exactly why you should… because you know this.”
Friends, God taught me that humility opens the door for healing. A kind of healing that reveals our cracks and crevices of insufficiency, showing our constant need for His grace to fill them.
And when we approach every task from this position of meekness, we are more compassionate and loving toward others. We correct with wisdom and understanding, instead of condemnation and criticism.
We reach out to invite and encourage, instead of excluding and shaming. For God’s glory shines even brighter through the lowly, not only healing ourselves in the process, but also so many many others!
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