How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!
I dreaded the ring of my door. The steps to mailbox were laden with worry. We were embroiled in a protracted legal battle over the custody terms of my divorce. All the mailman seemed to bring in those days was bad news.
I'd been served.
I was newly married, expecting my third child and staying at home for the first time in my life. I had every reason to rejoice but instead worry wrapped my days. I just needed some good news.
In the course of life we all encounter difficult people. You know the ones I mean. They make you want to run in the other direction when you see them coming your way. They never have anything positive to say. Their sky is perpetually falling and interaction with them is consistently draining. They are like walking legal papers - nothing good is ever written on them.
We get served.
Slowly Scott and I began to realize we couldn't talk, maneuver or negotiate our way out of our situation. Desperation drove us to our knees. We began to pray out loud together every morning and every night for God's heart towards those who opposed us and God's deliverance from a situation we were powerless to fix.
We reached out to the One who came to serve...
Have you ever watched a pro tennis player in person or on TV? Their serve is so powerful it is difficult to even return.
An adored child who leaves you physically or emotionally.
Hurtful words that leave you speechless.
An insurmountable financial loss.
Legal papers. Irritable people. Attacks on our character. Unforeseen circumstances. Question is what do we serve up in response?
How beautiful are the feet who bring good news...
A legal battle is an opportunity to show mercy.
Irritable people give us a chance to love expecting nothing in return.
Attacks on our character give us practice at forgiveness.
Unforeseen circumstances develop abiding trust in God.
Have you been served recently? How will you respond?