Usually when I feel upset, my first response is to call someone who will understand the situation. I really am concerned for someone that I love and I call a mutual friend to get their take on the situation. My flaw is easily seen in those 2 sentences.
Instead of making my first call to God in prayer, I contemplate the situation and run scenarios through my head. I plan and scheme what I should do, then I call for a second opinion from a friend. When I finally get around to talking with God, I get an answer that I am not always prepared for.
I appreciate this friend of mine because he speaks truth in love. While we did rant a bit, he finally said to one of my comments: "You know that really is not any of our business." Wow, that is true. And, his first comments were, "I have noticed too and it bugs me, but I don't know what we should do. All I can suggest is that we pray." Right again! We chatted for a while and then signed off.
I finally took the matter to the Lord. He brought to my memory some of the answers that I recently received when inquiring about other situations recently. On one hand, I learned that I am jealous of others. OUCH! I also heard that I need to take care of my own issues and He will take care of everyone else's personality issues just as He is taking care of mine. Even as I made the recent phone call to discuss my "concern" for another, I kept hearing this song from a Bible Man DVD of my son's. "I'm the Queen of Gossip." I know people who are a lot worse than me in jealousy and gossiping and the other thing is that I really am concerned about my friend.
The point of this all is that I have not put my trust fully in God to handle certain situations in my life as well as those I love. When I hung up the phone, I distinctly heard in my spirit, "why concern yourself with the speck in someone else's eye when you have a plank in your own." You've got to be kidding me! I surely don't have a plank in my eye, do I? Apparently I do have a problem. It is a trust problem. He want's me to trust Him and I need to do just that. There are some things that I need to just lift to Him.
I know that most of the things that I've been putting as major are just things. Francesca Battistelli just released a new song called, "This is the stuff." Really, this is a song that ministers to me in the midst of my stuff. So I conclude with a portion of the lyrics.