There are some people that we just love spending time with and then there are those who we would rather not. Well, the Lord decided to have a little fun with me one day and gave me the opportunity to spend sometime with a challenging person. They were thrown across my path unexpectedly, and I was challenged in my attitude. I was like, ‘Lord, really? This is not how I planned on spending my day.’
The Lord said, to me, ‘How do I SEE them?’ I laughed and said, ‘I know how you see them! Very funny Lord!’ I was chuckling because I knew exactly where He was taking this conversation and encounter!
As the day continued on, I thought, ‘Why do I have to deal with this today Lord? How much more enjoyable and restful would my day be if they were not part of it?’ Again the Lord said, ‘How do I see them?’ I laughed again and said, ‘I KNOW how you see them! And yes, I have not chosen to see them through your eyes. I’m sorry that I chose not to view them through your eyes of love and compassion. Lord, I will see what you see and act accordingly.’
The Lord challenged me to see them from His eyes, His perspective. Why are they doing and saying those things? Where is it coming from? Instead of taking it personally or being annoyed by it, I was challenged to show the Fruits of the Spirit -love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
I began to see them with different eyes. I saw them through their need, and what they needed. Not through the eyes of how they should be. I left my expectation of their behavior at the door and just loved them where they were.
I wish I could tell you that they changed, but they continued on throughout the week just like they always had, but somehow, it didn’t irritate me so much. Instead of being annoyed, I just laughed and thought, ‘it’s just the way they are, it’s not my job to change them.’
I am reminded of how God loves us and displays His fruit towards us even when we don’t deserve it. I am reminded of how patient He is to work out the unlovelies in our own lives.
Choose to see what God sees!
Blessings – Winona