“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
I am amazed. Today a carpool from First Alliance Church picked me up (they said “Hi, Katie”, so that was good); when I got there and received the bulletin, what was the message titled but “Everyting Is OK.” After a terrible night last night fighting for hours with Ian, I don’t think I could have gone to a better place. God is truly guiding me these days. The message focused on Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” The pastor talked about a couple passages in 2 Samuel where King David was exiled and encountered a guy named Shimei who started cursing David and throwing rocks and dirt at him. Instead of taking his advisors’ advice – “this guy is a dead dog. Let me chop his head off” – David said, “No; if God has compelled this man to curse me, who am I to stop him? And one day, God will bless me for not killing this man.” So David took the cursing and in the end God blessed him by returning him to kinship of Israel. Then David met Shimei again, and Shimei begged for his life; David never mentioned Shimei’s prior behavior, but forgave him unconditionally. If David, a man after God’s own heart, could be cursed and forgive completely, never bringing up the cruelty of his persecutor, I can do the same thing. After church the pastor gave me a little new visitor’s present and asked if they could come visit some time – I said “sure!” because any visitors are welcome during this lonely term. Plus, how often do church people come visit?? We’ll see how that goes.