God’s Word for Today: Annoy
Proverbs 12:16. Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.
Why is it, as we advance in age and time progresses, our list of things that annoy us, seems to grow? I am not quite certain why this singular circumstance happens. Is it simply awareness?
I remember one Sunday School teacher, probably when I was around 4 or 5 years old. This teacher scared me. The look on her face during class did not exhume joy. Rather, it seemed to be a look of annoyance one step away from literally biting my head off. I believe I was so terrified of waking up the potential monster, I did one of two things. First, I sat there very quietly, like an angel, and silently learned my Bible lessons for the day. Or secondly, unwittingly and unknowingly, I did things and said things that increased her annoyance with me. Those of you who know me, which scenario fits?
Many years later, I was able to spend a little time visiting with my monster of a Sunday School teacher. By then, I was well over 6 feet tall, and she was a many year’s bent over, under 5 feet. Roles had changed. I was the intimidating one. She was the mouse. The amazing truth was then revealed. I had never met a kinder, gentler, and sweeter little lady. She had a heart of gold. She knew God’s love. She lived God’s love. There was a reason she taught little kids Sunday School. The fear I had for her was completely unwarranted. I never did ask her if I was a major annoyance in her class. And, I never told her how scared I was. I just sat there and enjoyed the sunshine that she shared with me.
God has been annoyed a few times. Adam and Eve started the whole thing. One simple little command they failed to keep. Five thousand does, and they chose the one don’t. Kinda of annoying when you think about it. The old testament is filled with instances of God being annoyed. I believe He finally got tired of all our annoying traits and told Jesus that he better get down there and fix those flawed humans.
Just think of that conversation: God, “Jesus, mankind as we know it can’t get it right. I need you to go into the world and fix it for me.” Jesus, “But Dad, no matter what I do. No matter how perfect a life I live. No matter how much love I share. No matter the Good News I teach. They are still not going to get it right. They are going to be annoyed with me because it interferes with their perfect little world, and they are going to kill me.” God, “Yes Son, you are correct. They will get annoyed, they will curse you, beat you, and kill you. But, I have a surprise for them. No matter what they do to you, I will overcome their human flaw called death, and will raise you up to the ultimate glory. Does that sound like a good plan Son?” Jesus, “Yes Dad, I will do this for those you love.”
Today, think of what annoys you. Are you going to let it get under your skin and let your anger take the lead? Or, are you going to take a deep breath and learn to love those who annoy you most. For some, God appears to be that mean, scary Sunday School teacher. Take some time to get to know Him. As completely annoying as we can be, at times on a daily basis, God loves us. No matter how much we insult Him with our actions, because of Jesus, God will give us a chance………
Prayer: Dear Lord, my forever Teacher. Thank you for not being so annoyed with me that you write me off for good. Forgive me for the times I forget how very much you love me and fail to pass that love on to those who annoy me. Work with me on this God. Thank you. In Jesus’, the prudent one, name I pray. Amen and amen.