I took this picture the other day because I thought….what a ridiculous sticker to put on your car…
Then I thought…No. Ridiculous would be a pregnant lady kneeling down in a parking garage to take a picture of a bumper sticker on the off chance that she may want to use it in a tweet or blog post.
What has become of me?
I have been reading Psalm 55 this week. David is writing about the betrayal he has endured at the hands of a friend. How are you supposed to handle betrayal?
If an enemy were insulting me,
I could endure it;
if a foe were raising himself against me,
I could hide from him.
But it is you, a man like myself,
my companion, my close friend,
with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship... -Psalm 55:12-14 NIV
A friend. A close friend. What do you do with that?
I kind of laughed when I read the next verse…Let death take them by surprise. That seems a bit extreme. However, I believe what David is saying is…let what will happen to them happen. The consequences of their actions are in God’s hands.
But…as for me…David continues…I will call upon God…Evening and morning and noon I will pray.
I have been thinking about this a lot this week as I have been have a friend who has been betrayed by someone close to me them. And I she was totally hoping that the proper response would be anger and indignation and confrontation.
I still remember something Beth Moore said during a conference several years ago. She said that, when someone has wronged you, the best position for you to be in is flat on your face before God. Because, when God’s holy hand of judgement swings, you do not want to be in its path. Let those who are standing tall and prideful take the wrath.
That is the same conclusion David has come to in this psalm. He will pray and he will plead his case before God and…God will hear and afflict them (verse 19.)
So, there you go. Bumper stickers and betrayal…all in the same post. How is that for random?
I will leave you on a happy note though…
Could you not just eat her up?