Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Plank... really?

Matthew 7:1-4  1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?4 How can you say, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?  5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from the other person’s eye.
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.
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use

So break me of impatience
Conquer my frustrations
I've got a new appreciation
It's not the end of the world
Oh Oh Oh

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