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Topic: PUZZLE (11/24/16)
- TITLE: You might be right, but you could be wrong
By Judy Ewald
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Recently I was in a conversation about our local Farmers Market. We have had a Saturday Market for years, now we have a Sunday market at the same location. I used to go the Sunday Market at the mall when I went to Church at the Mall. Yes that was the name of the church, we met in the theaters. This elderly lady was saying it was nice for the Saturday farmers to come on Sunday too. I was trying to explain that it was the ones from the mall market not the ones from Saturday . I found myself determined to get her to understand it was a different group. I finally gave up.
The next morning on the way to church, I heard God say, “You might have been right, but you were wrong.” I knew right away it was not that important for me to convince her she needed to know the truth. We can be right and still be wrong. It seemed like a puzzle to me, how can we be right and wrong at the same time.
An example of wanting to be right but acting wrong is the time my Dad tried to tell how a man lost a large amount of weight. He was sharing that the man did this by eating half as much as he used to or maybe every other day. Mom kept interrupting trying to correct him. Finally she said, “John, you are wrong.” Dejected Dad said “Shirley you are always right, I’m wrong.” I really felt his pain, it is not easy living with a person who is ‘perfect.’ Mom really wanted to do good, but she had to be right. By the time I was nineteen I wrote in large letters in my diary “I AM A FAILURE.” Believing this caused me to not always make healthy choices at times.
In my professional life I am Hugs the Clown. In the early years I met a magician and started performing with him. Before I met him I was in several “new age” occult practices trying to find meaning and truth. He being a magician and former minister knew I was lost. I had never read the Bible so on the way to our day jobs I would read the New Testament. As I read he would explain things, then start a fight as I got out to go to work. He was a drug addict and in the beginning I thought “god” and I were going to save him. It became an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. I was either his saving angle or the devil. It was definitely a puzzle living with him.
I see God as the one who creates the big picture, like a puzzle in some ways. He can see all the pieces of our lives and how they fit or not fit with other people. We can only see parts of His amazing design. Some times we think we are working out our puzzles, and other times we have no idea where the next piece goes. God knew I was really looking for truth, even though I would pick the wrong puzzle piece at times. He was directing my path all along. In that relationship I learned I had a talent for art and painting, I also became a true professional entertainer.
After 5 years God finally got through to me, I must have a hard head, I can not save anyone and I sure could not fix or save myself. He delivered me from that relationship and we even made peace years later. I did not want to harbor hurt and resentment, so with God’s help I forgave him. It does seem like a puzzle that he would give me a new life in Him out of that horrible time in my life.
But I would not change a thing.
There seems to be puzzles in the Bible. One puzzle, to really live you have to die. Jesus says we must give up the right to ourselves and put Him in charge. When I do I am always right and never wrong.
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