It is of the LORD’s mercy…

March 22nd, 2011

For reasons known only to Himself, when God designed my temperament, He did not make it a very tough one.  Some folks would have tossed those comments from anonymous into the round file, dusted off their hands, and sailed on without a second thought.  That is just not how He put me together, for better or for worse.

After several days of processing through all the thoughts and emotions that this experience has brought, I have been instructed to sail on, but part of the story is the end of the story.

So…

How many times have I myself looked briefly at a few facts and jumped to wrong conclusions?

 

How many times have I myself been confident I was right, instead of humbly assuming I could be wrong?

 

 

How many times have I myself been sure of how someone else should act when I was ignorant of what it was like to be in their position?

 

 

How many times have I myself failed to give others the benefit of the doubt and assigned wrong motives to them?

 

 

How many times have I myself put someone in the awkward position of being unable to defend themselves?

 

 

How many times have I myself failed to state things in the most loving and gracious way possible?

 

 

Our family is innocent of the wrong assumptions of anonymous.

But ouch, I am convicted.  I know I have often been guilty of the same core sins.

The truth is, my Father has shown great mercy to me countless times.

 

Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma-ma…[aka “Mama, please pick me up!”]

 

So let us hear the end of the matter.  [Unless God grants reconciliation in answer to our family’s prayers.]


 

God has used this painful experience as a tool for good in my heart.

God has shown great mercy to me in my own sin.

There is cause for pure joy!

Amen!

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered…

…against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit is no deceit.”

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5 Responses to “It is of the LORD’s mercy…”

  1. maureen a. ;) says:

    This comment has nothing to do with the written content of your post.
    Gideon was looking at the sweet pictures with me, and we were both wondering how that flower is staying on Verity’s head.  Also, I had to share his comment.  “I think the cutest part of her body is her eyes.  They’re like eyes I’ve never seen before, and they’re so cute!”  We looked through the pictures again, and he said, “See!”
    “Yes!”  Sweet baby.  :)
     

  2. sabrina says:

    I have been guilty in those areas too.  Your post is filled with good reminders. Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you’re able to move past the hurtful accusations or comments.

  3. Marilyn Osborn says:

    Wonderful post!
    I have some new favorite pics of sweet Verity in that batch!!!!!!
    Prayers for the paper work to go through in His perfect timing!

  4. Colleen says:

    I have been thinking about these things myself lately… praying for grace and wisdom for you and I! ;)  BTW, my children all kneeled on the floor immediately when I said that we needed to pray for Verity’s family… so we all have prayed and will continue to- that those papers will appear tomorrow, Lord willing!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Prayers for perfect timing. 

    And I must say, that your response is what I’ve come to know and love as a “classic Susanna” response over the years.  Classy, humbling and God centered.  Everything I love about you!

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