I've asked myself that more than once."What has you so upset, Suzanne?" Usually the answer lies in some perceived insult. Somebody didn't like what I said or did and I took offense.
The fact is, there will always be disappointments. That is part of life. How you handle them controls your end result. Jesus gave the key.
In speaking to the disciples, He told them to, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils." (Mt 10: 8) That's a pretty huge assignment. I mean, He didn't say, "Go pass out tracts." He asked them to move in the same anointing, or power of God, that He moved in.That's strong stuff!
But He also knew not everyone they ministered to would receive what they had to say, and at that moment, when the person turns their back, they'd have a chance to be outraged and rant and rave. But if they did THEY'D REMAIN THERE.
Notice His words:
And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet (Mt 10:14).
His first instruction was to DEPART. His second was to SHAKE OFF THE DUST.
My good author friend, Jersey, has a phrase she uses, and I've found it to be a powerful truth. Often in writing, you run up against a word or phrase you need more clarity on. It could be something geographical or historical. It could be the proper choice of words for that scene. But watever it is, you can waste a lot of time finding the answer and lose the flow of writing you've established, or you can do what she does, HMO - highlight and move on.
It's not that you ignore the problem. It's not that you don't seek a final solution. But you refuse to get stuck in a place of stumbling and setback.
Where real life is concerned, you can't highlight it, but you can pray about it. That's where you'll find your answer anyhow. In the meantime, you and God can be miles ahead of where you were, walking toward the blessing He has for you.
So shake the dust off your feet today and let God worry about that person or situation that threatens to have you sidelined. No matter what it is, He is big enough, strong enough, and willing enough to take care of it.
Suzanne D. Williams
Suzanne Williams Photography
Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.