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When words reach your ear you don't want to hear or you're not expecting to hear... how is it received?
Like me - you have a choice. Embrace it or walk away.
Yesterday afternoon - I was sitting with my Bible and pen in hand writing out truths of Scripture: this prompt word - embrace - on my mind!! Immediately, Ecclesiastes, chapter three, came to mind.
You know that - a time to embrace and a time to refrain....?
Well (I kid you not!)... just then... in walked my kiddo's having just gotten home from school. Right away I could sense my son was not a happy camper. In fact, it was quite evident he wasn't just sad - he was aanngggrrryyy!!
Things started getting thrown and punched and, and whoa!!!!!!!! Hold on a minute...
What happened within me was a temptation to add fuel to the fire and scream/demand him stop... but my angry tone would have only severely escalated the moment.
Without even realizing it - fully - I pulled my soon nine year old onto my lap. All near 80 pounds of him. And, we sat like that on our sofa, my arms around my son... I let him tell me what was going on, in between bitter tears and seething upset words...
What had happened that had caused all of this to unfold?
Unfortunately, not a lot that I could gather...
Kids will be kids and I wonder if some of his reaction wasn't partially for show - to show his "tough side"... but all of Ecclesiastes came rushing in.
I had to show him!
Thankfully he had calmed enough to follow my lead over to the Word of God! I told him I had just began to write out these verses and showed him my journal. How ironic; how crazy, that I'd have this moment - so soon - to embrace this truth for myself and to help apply it then, for my son - young enough to understand. He began reading aloud on his own...
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
My son asked me how long to keep reading but, he just kept on... :)
His voice softening and slowing as he embraced Scripture to soothe his little soul.
"God will bring to judgement both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed. - verse 17.
I gently reminded him.
"Son, you and I have a choice in how we respond to what is handed our way on this path of life. Our response(s) will either make or break a situation. It's a choice we've all been given...
Embrace that or walk away.
I think he chose well.
**linking with Finding the Grace Within | tuesday @ ten :: embrace