I got sent to the principal’s office today. The scary office lady came and got me and I had to walk out of class in front of everyone and they were going, “Ooooo, you’re in troubleeee!” My heart was racing and my palms were sweating. My mind searched desperately to think of what I could have done to incur this horrible spotlight of fear and shame. I was clueless, I was speechless, I was dumbfounded.
Actually, my Dad just asked me to lunch, that was all. But I had you going, right?
He did get on my case though, and rightfully so. You see, he reads my blog and he understands me well. So he puts two and two together and presto, he knows something’s up and we need to have a little chat. My Dad is the best.
So we sit down and he says, “I read your blog this morning.” I knew at that precise moment what was coming. And in truth, it was absolutely what I needed to hear at that moment. The Holy Spirit is always right on time, and He knows what we need, even better than we do . . . much better than we do, actually. He knew I did not need to be coddled and hugged and told, “Oh, honey pie, I’m so sorry you’ve had a tough time, here, let me buy you a toy.” But I needed a, “Pull your head out! Nobody wants to hear your sad story. Decide to be happy, decide to rise above your circumstances, decide to win!”
You see, I’m a fighter by nature, and I had decided to curl up in a ball and let life beat me down for a while. And the Holy Spirit and my Dad were kind enough and loved me enough to point it out to me.
The Bible says He chastens those He loves. (Hebrews 12:6 and Proverbs 3:12) I was definitely chastened and I got my act together in a hurry.
God doesn’t deal with each of us the same way, we are unique individuals. But I know that if we earnestly seek Him in the midst of our struggles, He will be there to lift us up and help us through in the way that works for us. God gets it right every time; His perfect love never fails.