Years later, she received a phone call. She could not believe who it was. It was the man that murdered her mother. During his stay in prison, he was ministered to and found true salvation. He knew that the first thing he needed to do was seek her forgiveness.
Wow, then the next article was a teaching on the Principles of Forgiveness. Do you sense a pattern here?
Then, the next article was a re-telling about the mad man who went into the Amish School House and fired away at 10 Amish school girls. 5 were killed. Even though their loss was so great, the parents of the children reached out to the wife of the murderer. They wanted to let her know that they held no ill will toward her. After burying their own children the day before, 75 Amish men and women attended the funeral of the man who turned the gun on himself after the massacre. Along with their forgiveness, they brought food and gifts for the family. Heartbreaking and Heart Lifting at the same time, right?
Yesterday, I wrote about the bitter distaste that was left with after someone disappointed me. 'Whoa NELLY! Hop off Yo High Horse There Lady!'. That was the message that my spirit received loud and clear. By some 'strange coincidence', I got the preachin' that I needed through the pages of a random magazine at the nail salon. That magazine, like most of the literature was probably something dropped off by someone as a donation. You know the sort of publications I am talking about... previously perused and passed on! Do you think it was a random coincidence? I don't. I think there are no random coincidences. I know the Word says that God spoke this world into existence. I think God speaks to us in many ways. Sometimes a whisper, sometimes He will snatch us by the ear. I think I got an earful today.
I received that needed preachin' and I have to say I was properly humbled. Humbled by how I blew a situation all out of proportion in my mind. I blew my cool. I repent of my own sin of pride and unforgiveness that I was willing to carry. I need to get over myself because my SELF can only get in the way! I am humbled by the examples of forgiveness freely offered by the Amish. In my SELFishness, I realize that I could only see how I felt. How I was impacted. How I was being taken for granted. How I refuse to budge one more inch. ewe. yucky selfishness.
i see you, seeing me.