Every so often we encounter someone who’s attitude and outlook is, let’s say,‘out of sorts.’ They’re everything but cheerful, friendly, and hospitable. OK… they’re cranky, cross, and crabby… even grouchy, irritable, testy, and surly. Obviously they have a burr under their saddle.
It’s so easy to pont fingers, to shout ‘button up buttercup,’ and to challenge them for acting out and acting up like they are. In times like that, we’re glad that we’re not like them!
But we are.
As children of God, most of the time we’re hard-headed children. And as children of God, we try to think of ourselves as bright, beautiful, and as perfect as is our Heavenly Father. But we’re not.
Sometimes, God allows some sweet soul to hear the trigger click, and they ‘go off’ with a crabby ‘bang’ that wounds us. But… in God’s big picture (in which He knows all and everything) He’s simply using ‘crabby’ as a temporary mirror, held up before us, so that we can see a clear reflection of ourselves!
In John 8:7 Jesus said…
‘He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone’
Oops! Do I see myself in the mirror? Yes, I believe I do. Sorry Lord.