I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw. –Proverbs 24:32
Not too long ago, I was having a rough morning. I knew the day would require caffeine. I decided to take a detour towards Starbucks on my way to work. As I turned into the parking lot, I recognized the driver behind me. I remembered her well.
This woman was responsible for some ‘old history’ that was the enemies playground with my emotions. I could feel myself becoming more irritated as my mind reminisced old memories.
And then Jesus spoke, “Buy her coffee.”
“What did you say? Buy her coffee?”
Again He said, “Buy her coffee.”
I didn’t want to. Her actions had caused hurt, pain and frustration which formed bitterness within me.
Then Jesus said, “Giving isn’t always for the recipient, it may be offered as a gift to the Giver of all.”
Usually being obedient to His call is a great lesson for you.
In that moment I understood that even though my anger and bitterness had not been reconciled that my feelings reside in my heart and He was inviting me to change my heart by forgiving.
He reminded me, “I came to restore ALL.”
I had to consider that not all lessons are for other people. I learned that Jesus’ timing is perfect and he prepares specific lessons just for me.
I needed to forgive and reconcile my heart by being obedient and accept His challenge before me.
So, yes, I bought the women her coffee with the new understanding in my heart.
A heart that gives regardless of pain’s grip, is a heart ready to reflect true freedom from the Giver of all.
Do you have a gift waiting to be received?
Thank you for giving Your life in sacrificial love to ALL of us. Thank You for reminding me when I discover hidden bitterness in my heart, that I may choose to forgive and reflect You instead. Help me to be more full of You.
In Jesus name, Amen.
~ Baring His Beauty,