Full of Hot Air

Out of the mouths of babes can come profound thoughts. I’m sure if we wrote down everything that our children/grandchildren have said, we would have a collection of chuckles and even wisdom. Our youngest son, who now lives in Heaven, once said, “I would rather believe in God, and be wrong, than not believe in God, and be wrong.” That has always stuck with me. It was deep, profound, and wise.

Just the other day I was having a conversation with our granddaughter, Kylie, age nine. We were talking about what we should do when someone does something to us that is wrong. We talked about forgiveness and not letting anger grow in us. She then said, “Yes, like if we have a balloon in us full of air. We need to let it out.” What a great way of looking at letting go of anger. If a balloon of harmful thoughts and emotions continues to grow in us, how long will it take before it explodes and spills out onto those around us? We may wonder why we are yelling at the other drivers on the road, or why we are lacking patience with our children or the people we work with. We may wonder why our head hurts, or our stomach aches. We may wonder why our peace is gone and our joy is non-existent. There can be many reasons for all these things, but what if the reason is that “balloon” that is filling up inside? It’s time to let go of all that hot putrid air.

This morning, we were having Bible study in our home. One of the women shared a time when she had harmed some people, unintentionally. In fact, the harm that had been done was more their view of the situation than her actually having done anything wrong. But God impressed it upon her heart to go and apologize to those that felt harmed. Talk about swallowing pride and being obedient! She did what she sensed God was telling her to do, and relationships were healed. That is not easy to do, but God had a plan, and she obeyed. It’s not about who was in the right or wrong, but about God’s love.

I read in 1 John 2:5-6 (NLT) that “...those who obey God’s word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Christ did.” Christ said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 22:34 (NIV) Sometimes those who hurt us do not know what they are doing, but we are called to live like Christ and forgive. Most times this is for us rather than for them...so that balloon of hot decrepit air that wants to form a huge bubble of anger inside of us can be diffused. Jesus came to set the captives free!

Searching And Noticing the Divine takes us on an amazing journey through life. We may think we need to sit with the aged and wise on that journey to notice and learn from the Divine. But sometimes, all we need to do is sit with a child and listen.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)