Sifting through the pains of my recent influx of misunderstandings, i am becoming aware of the sting related to having my words misinterpreted from a deficient knowledge of my character.
and then there is the deeper pain of having my character misinterpreted because of misunderstanding my words or my actions, my absence of words or my absence of actions.
i’ve found myself in some difficult passages of scripture lately and this is how things went the other day;
me: ranting and raving about how what i’m reading seems so cruel.
Christ-do you see how you are misunderstanding Me?
here i am allowing my confusion to lead me into questioning the Faithful One’s character. and so it goes with everyone else. i do this to others and they do it to me and it hurts.
the Word made flesh has invited me to view His word through what I know of His Character rather than view His character through what i’m struggling with in His word.
and he’s offering me salve for the wounds i’m carrying; that pain when people think bad things about me because I’ve made their favor my goal.
Come now, My love. My lovely one, come.
Come to Me, My weary, My burdened one, come.
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul.
to draw further in: Isaiah 43; Matthew 11:28-30; Song of Songs 2:10-14(NJB)