Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Really? Are you Serious?

This morning, whilst walking somewhere in a hurry i was startled by a situation. And once again, couldn't walk by.

Just hurrying myself along, the girl a little way in front of me dropped her phone, and with a group of boys behind her, rushed to pick it up, to see that one of the guys behind her had stamped on it, and wasn't in any hurry to move his foot. Seeing this, and the girl start to break, i couldn't walk passed. I turned and asked 'What are you doing?'
'Are you seriously getting involved?' Was his harsh, in my face reply.
And taking a good few seconds to reply, I decided I was.
'Yes, yes I am.'
'Are you SERIOUSLY getting involved?'
'Sorry, I thought you heard me the first time. Yes, I am.' I had repeated with a little more force, and no fear in my voice.
As this 19/20yr old boy, stared at me in my eyes, i looked to the girl and smiled, and he lifted his foot, she retrieved her 'untouched' phone, and much to my shock and amusement, the guy scurried off, with his head hung low, and his tail between his legs.

My very brief comment to the girl, who had a winner of a smile was.
' Stand strong, do not let people intimidate you, and stand up for yourself. Stand strong in what you believe to be right, and pick yourself up. Smile in the face of those who hate you. Learn to love those who scorn you.'

And I walked off.

Really? Are you serious? What a question.

How many times do I find myself asking that question, if what is happening in life is seriously happening. Can another thing like this seriously be happening?
You've got to be kidding me - not another storm.

No kidding, and all seriousness.

BUT - amongst all these emotions, that cause me to feel in this storm. There is still love.
Even when I push away everyone around me. There is still love.
When I don't understand myself. There is still love.
When I don't understand the circumstances spinning around me. There is still love.
When nothing makes sense. There is still love.
When pain is all you can see. There is still love.

AND - in love comes: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
All of a sudden,
Even when pain is all you can see you realise. There is still love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-control.

None of this is down to me, It's all the people I have to be thankful to. Jesus. Joey. Grandmama.
These people who choose to love me, when all I do is push them away.
These people who love me even when I keep repeating how unloved I am.
These people who love me unconditionally.. no matter how many times I stuff up.. and believe me, I'd be the first to tell you that's a lot!
These people stick up for me. Stand up for me. Hold me up when I can't myself. Let me fall when I need to crumble. Know me well enough when to tell me to keep my head up and wipe the tears away, or let me cry when the tears need to come. The people who love me enough to allow themselves to feel my pain, and lie and cry with me. It doesn't ever go unnoticed.

I hope today, I was able to show that girl some love, when I stood up for her. I hope I helped her realised in a life of loneliness, that she is NOT alone. Jesus has got her back. He's standing up for her. Putting people around her.

Hope never disappoints.
Love never fails.

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