When the line in the sand is where your knees go down
By John Fischer, www.fischtank.com
Pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)
We've all been hurt. We've all been wronged. We have all experienced injustice. Life is unfair. Shall I go on? Already you should have a situation in mind and someone to blame for your current or distant memory of the above.
Think of when life has been unfair to you. Now think of that person or persons who dealt you the blow. Notice all those vengeful feelings that rise up in you at the mere mention of a person's name. What are you going to do with those feelings?
Often we are tempted to justify ourselves - restate our case over and over in our minds, tear down the person who is responsible for hurting us, draw our line in the sand and don't let anyone any closer. That is one way to deal with it. "I am a rock; I am an island/and a rock feels no pain; and an island never cries."
Or you can draw your line in the sand and make that the place where your knees go down. Just start praying. Pray for the person or persons who wronged you. Pray for the boss who treated you like dirt. Pray for the spouse who walked out of your life and left you with all the responsibility. Pray for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
And then remember that people and institutions are not in charge of your life; God is. If you want to blame anyone, blame Him, except that He has your best interests at heart. He sees way beyond your immediate situation. Even those who mean things for evil (Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt) God means for good (Joseph became second only to the Pharaoh in power, and thus was able to save his whole family as a result). (Genesis 50:20)
There are much bigger things going on than merely the factors that play with our emotions. When you pray, you link up with the bigger purpose. You may not see it at the time, but at least you are reminded that it is there, and, most importantly, that God is there.
So go ahead, draw that line in the sand, and then get down our your knees and pray.