Our little terrier Char-lee could have been in a lot of trouble this morning.
Two very large dogs ‘turned up’ on our property in the early hours.
They were curious and appeared to be very friendly. She, however, was terrified but passionately territorial.
Their encounter could have been disastrous for her .
They misread her fear and barking for aggression and became defensive.
Any game between them could easily have turned into a HUNT. We knew we could not allow them to interact.
This is common in human life as well. Pain, fear, Loss, loneliness and isolation can make people hostile in attitude to even the folks who only want to help. This can be both frustrating and dangerous for health-care nurses and paramedics. Attitude can mask often the seriousness of situations.
I believe that the scripture :
1 Thess. 5:18 In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ‘
is often misunderstood.
It is not as impossible as it appears. If our focus is not just on ‘self’ but on God who is higher our attitude to others will be modified.
In another way also the Matthew 6:40 shared words of Christ.
‘But I tell you not to resist an evil person but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.’
This Is not about passive resistance or being a dormat but in the nature of Protection. If we are ever confronted by an evil……person to attack them could ‘trigger’ an unstoppable outcome. Breathing space and time for urgent prayer and more clear direction enables God to be included in the circumstances.
Peace! Love! and a well Lived Life in Him my prayer for us all. a-men.