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Topic: Orange (the color) (11/19/09)
TITLE: Today I am Orange
By Karen Macor
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“Why won’t you just look at this dog?” I angrily asked my husband. “You promised we could have a new dog and I have spent hours finding just the right one for our family”, I pleaded.
“It’s just a dog”, he replied curtly, and with finality. He wasn’t interested, and wasn’t about to approve my choice of dogs.
I was livid and seeing red. I wondered if my husband saw my nostrils flare, or my eyes fill with unshed tears. The anger consumed my emotions, and my mind filled with old resentments that should have been long forgotten. Instead, I had somehow held on to them for such a time as this. I was ready to wage war. I loaded the bullets into my mouth ready to hit him with a barrage of hurtful words, and vicious accusations, but nothing came out. I choked on my own rage, and the Holy Spirit breathed new life into me. I heard “1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.” 2 Timothy 3 NIV
The warning had been given, and as my mind heeded the caution given me, the rage mellowed. I was guilty of all the warnings. How could I possibly not consider my husband’s feelings? How could I insist on my wants without considering my husband’s desires? The war was over, but the battle went underground. Evil thoughts attacked every time my guard was down. Self-control was short lived, and an appreciation of the wonderful man my husband really is, only started to shine through as I surrendered my will to God’s. The Son was rising.
My whole being changed as the rage subsided, and the Son rose. No longer was I seeing red. The Son had cheered me up and the anger dissipated. As a new day dawned I became full of new positive energy. I heard the scripture “22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Ephesians 5 NIV
Such hard words to swallow! “Lord, help me honor you”, I pray.
It’s the start of a new day. Today I am orange. The red rage is gone, the Son has shone, and new energy and warm love comes with the dawn.
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