Robin, my brother Joe’s wife, is one of my closest friends. I wish I could explain why, in a way that would validate it and at least bring it some redemption, we weren’t close friends for about 23 or 24 years. Not even friends, really. Just sister-in-laws with the emphasis on the in-law part. Intimidated by her smarts, her insights and my own stupidity, I held her at arm’s length. Other than knowing the enemy didn’t ever want to see us in agreement, hearts filled with love in God-pleasing unity – there isn’t a good reason. It was a waste of time. I tell her now, “I am so sorry for the years we missed. Please forgive me.” Now she is a treasured friend, confidante and truly a sister of my heart (not to mentioned a really anointed and insightful Bible teacher).
She emailed me this encouragement yesterday (with just the tiniest bit of editing to protect the innocent):
I think you need to press on. That is my word to your from my own experience. I have allowed despair to thwart forward motion…despair paralyzes [people who] then tuck all hopes and dreams in a little pocket for the good times. It never happens. [The question is] how to rise above and do what we are called to do in the midst of hurt, hopelessness and despair, but I know we are to do it. I am not sure why this Scripture stood out to me this morning but I am thinking it may help both of us.
Mt. 11:19 – “But wisdom is shown to be right by what results from it.” NLT
Contextually, John the Baptist, in prison, sends his disciples out to find out if Christ is really the Messiah. Remember, he saw the dove. Why would he wonder now? I think John the Baptist is completely confused by the fact that he is in prison. Why me and why this.
A little further on Jesus says, “For John the Baptist didn’t drink wine and he fasted and you say, he’s demon possessed. I, the Son of Man, feast and drink and you say, He’s a glutton and a drunkard and a friend of the worst sinners.” Then he says “But wisdom is shown to be right by what results from it.”
Sometimes in life, nothing makes sense. Decisions we make to do something for God seem completely out of the norm and make no sense to the others…Just like Jesus said, they are going to say whatever, but in the end, the wisdom will prove itself by the results. I realize it is so hard to trust what you believe God is saying and just do it, but I say, do it. The results will prove the wisdom in it.
Anyway, just a thought or so….love you.. Robin
I am so blessed, Robin. Thanks for hanging in there with me…Jeanie
NOTE TO SELF: Beg God to restore the years the locust has eaten. It is ridiculous to live without the beauty of the relationships we could be having…
pictured: some business cards Stormie was helping Robin put together. Not sure which one she finally chose (or if i was a combination of a couple), but I obviously love the red one on the bottom and that charcoal gray and red one on the top right!