“Young lady, don’t you talk back to me. When I tell you to do something I expect you to do it,” said Kevin.
“You’re not my real father. I don’t have to do what you say and you can’t make me do it,” said Stacie.
Kevin’s brown eyes turned into a deeper color almost like a dark midnight black. A shudder went down his body and for a brief moment he stood still. He paused and shook his head for a moment. He tried to control his emotions and deal with Stacie but it seemed impossible. A deep sigh came from within his inner being. He raised his arms slightly above his waist and his hands clenched tightly. His stomach muscles tightened and his mind focused on the rebellion of his step-daughter. His face turned a bright red color and then the rage took over.
It took only a moment’s hesitation before he moved forward and shoved Stacie against the wall of the bedroom. He grabbed her body and his arms came up. He managed to hold her tight and then took the side of his arm and placed it firmly against her neck making it impossible for Stacie to move.
The verbal abuse started. “What’s wrong with you anyway? Why can’t you do what you’re supposed to do? Do you think you run the house? You need to follow the rules and do what I tell you without questioning my authority.”
Stacie tried to move but it was no use. She couldn’t get away from the tight grasp her step-father had on her neck. It became hard to breathe and the anger of a few moments ago escalated. Any love she may have had towards her “father” disappeared and was quickly replaced by anger. Fear for what might happen next set in. Words got caught in her throat and she couldn’t speak.
Kevin’s need to control had taught Stacie exactly the message he hoped to deliver. He was in control and Stacie had to learn to obey him no matter what. His anger began to dissipate and the monster within slowly faded back into the deep inner recesses of his mind. He proceeded to back away from Stacie just in time. He was smart. No hitting and nothing to cause any physical bruising. He had taught her the lesson he felt she needed. He left the room.
(That’s one lesson she’ll never forget.)
Stacie tried to relax but the events of a few moments ago were embedded in her mind. She tried to move but her feet refused to budge even an inch. She fell down to the carpeted floor where she literally collapsed with her back against the wall. She worked hard to catch her breath. Her body shook with anger over what had just happened. She got up and closed the door to her room and then the tears came flowing down her cheeks. Deep sobs came from within and she wondered what she had done wrong. Anger crept silently into her inner being and she felt exhausted.
(What did I do to deserve this?)
The cycle of anger changed its focus and now it was Stacie who had been humiliated and harbored the demon within.
Psalm 37:8 warns “Cease from anger and forsake wrath.” God never intended for deep anger to overtake us. God is in control and He knows exactly what is best. He sets a pattern before us on how to handle anger. Psalm 103:8 shows that “the Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy”. The message is quite clear. God reveals mercy to each of us and He wants us to show that same mercy to others.
Stopping the cycle takes courage and the pathway is long and hard. The need for control has to be relinquished to God. With His help life takes on a new focus and inner peace begins to fill the void that was once occupied by anger. With Stacie and her step-father there is still an opportunity for change. Will they be wise enough to turn to God and let Him show them the way?
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