“We are to walk together in a spirit of humility, no matter what our learning or position and realize we will never come to a perfect understanding until we see Him face to face and we don’t have that ‘through a glass darkly problem’ any longer.”
This was a quote from my dear friend Ida Mae to another friend’s blog in response to all the self righteous ones who argue that their way is the only way, that there are no exceptions to their interpretation of what THEY believe Scripture insists upon when it comes to their understanding of discipline and raising children, what constitutes healthy marriage, divorce and remarriage, human sexuality, forgiveness …. the list goes on.
I am not a weeper, in fact it takes a lot to make me cry, but this quote early this morning, made me sob. Just a wee sob, but a sob. I’ve attended two wonderful workshops this week, tragic in content but terrific in learning opportunities, the first on human trafficking and the second on how sexual abuse survivors are re-traumatized in in-patient facilities. And then I gave one yesterday on the correlation of the experience of sexual abuse as children affects being in relationship with domestic abuse offenders as adults.
All of this to say is that there is SO MUCH PAIN out there, and if the ones who are arguing that their “truth” is the only way to believe could just take HALF of that energy and turn around and see what GOOD could be done by reaching out and being the hands and feet of Jesus TOGETHER, I believe we would see miracles happen.
Lecture over. All is well and, for those of you who may be concerned that I am on compassion overload, I’m actually in a really good place. There are absolute “gems” out there who share my heart – our hearts – and I’m meeting more of them every day, many of you electronically. We might be, as were the original ones, a motley little band of disciples, but we have an incredibly wonderful Teacher who will continually hold our hands and give us what we need to make this journey together.