Clamoring to reach for it to shut it up doesn’t help if you wear glasses and can’t find the button to stop it.
And then your husband says, “Can’t you turn that thing off?”
Ugh….”I would if I could see it!”
Once you finally find it the ringing stops. Checking the number you are once again
riddled with anger because you don’t recognize it. Wrong number?
The desire to throw the thing at your spouse comes to mind
as you hear him snore and you are now wide awake.
Interruptions. Annoyances. Aggravations. Pests. Pain in the neck?
The little grievances invade our lives, promote ill infested moods, and create havoc.
So how do we stop them? Or better, how should we respond?
Let’s change the scenario a little.
Phone rings at 1am. As you reach for it, you knock over the inch of water left in the glass on your bedside table which dribbles all over your Bible, nose spray and glasses. Forget the water on the carpet. Grab the phone.
Your spouse wakes up wondering why you are making so much noise. He screams,
“Why can’t anyone get any sleep in this house? Why don’t you just turn the blame thing off at night?”
Punching the touch screen in the dark with no glasses it continues a ringtone that sounds like “La Bamba.”
Fumbling to find the “accept” button, you manage to hit it without seeing it.
“HELLO, WHO IS THIS?”
“Oh, hi, did I wake you? This is God. I wanted to call and give you a “word of knowledge.”
Hmmmm….the response you give might sound a little different if God called?
OK. Another scenario.
Hubby hears the door open and he yells,
“Honey? Go away! I told you not to bother me while I am watching my favorite shows!”
After Swamp People have caught their gator, hubby feels somewhat guilty and goes downstairs to his wife.
“Honey, what was so important you couldn’t wait until my show was over to ask me?”
Hubby: “You know when you came upstairs a while ago.”
Wife: “I didn’t come upstairs. I have been here in the kitchen for the last hour slaving over the hot stove.”
Hubby: “Well, someone came in and I told them or you to leave and they responded. “Sure. OK.”
Wife: “It wasn’t me. You must be imagining things.”
A week or so later, hubby gets fired. Too much Swamp People and Deadliest Catch.
Getting in his car, he cries out to God.
“God what am I going to do? I lost my job. Please help me.”
God: “ Sorry, I can’t right now. Swamp People is on TV.”
What if God answered us the way we answer each other?
Not that I have mastered this even closely, but I have to ask myself in any given situation,
What would Jesus do? How would he respond to interruptions and annoyances?
Would he act like we do? Would he throw the phone across the room?
Or would he say, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Need I say more?
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