Wednesday, June 28, 2006

In the Image of my God

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Recently, I have been dealing with someone in my life who is rubbing me the wrong way. It seems like any communication I have with this person turns to conflict and turmoil and it's really been bothering me to the point that I'm thinking of breaking off contact altogether. But then today I listened to one of my CDs by Nichole Nordeman. On it was a song, entitled Wide Eyed.

When I met him on a sidewalk
He was preaching to a mailbox
Down on 16th Avenue
And he told me he was Jesus
Sent from Jupiter to free us
With a bottle of tequila and one shoe
He raged about repentance
He finished every sentence
With a promise that the end was close at hand
I didn't even try to understand
He left me wide eyed in disbelief and disillusion
I was tongue tied, drawn by my conclusions
So I turned and walked away
And laughed at what he had to say
Then casually dismissed him as a fraud
I forgot he was created in the image of my God

When I met her in a bookstore
She was browsing on the first floor
Through a yoga magazine
And she told me in her past life
She was some plantation slave's wife
She had to figure out what that might mean
She believes the healing powers of her crystals
Can bring balance and new purpose to her life
Sounds nice

She left me wide eyed in disbelief and disillusion
I was tongue tied, drawn by my conclusions
So I turned and walked away
And laughed at what she had to say
Then casually dismissed her as a fraud
I forgot she was created in the image of my God

Not so long ago, a man from Galilee
Fed thousands with His bread and His theology
And the truth He spoke
Quickly became the joke
Of educated, self-inflated Pharisees like me

And they were wide eyed in disbelief and disillusion
They were tongue tied, drawn by their conclusions
Would I have turned and walked away
And laughed at what He had to say
And casually dismissed Him as a fraud
Unaware that I was staring at the image of my God

Those lyrics speak volumes, don't they? After I listened to the song, the Lord very gently reminded me that this person with whom I'm in conflict was created in His image. ...busted.

As Christians, it is so important to remember that no matter what situation we are involved with in dealing with other human beings on this planet that God created us ALL in His image. He loves us all equally. The same. No favorites. Who am I to think that I may be better than someone else? I'm not. My prayer today is that God will change my heart --to make it more like His so that I may view everyone through His eyes with His heart and His compassion. May I ever be mindful of my attitude toward others and strive to be Christlike in all my dealings with others.

May everyone see Jesus in me and may I search to find the good in others --even if there is much to sort through to get there.


Birmingham Girl said...

Ouch..that hit home. It seems like after a long time of that irritation, that person who continually rubs us the wrong way, we feel its OK to write them off. NOT. I have to admit in all honesty, I just wish God would move them on to someone else! I'm remimded of how I fail daily, yet God never cuts me off. Great post today, thanks for being my conscious!

char said...

Thank you so much. I'm using this poem to re-focus how I perceive my boss. He's not a bad guy, he's even a Christian, but we seem to have a personality conflict. Handle with prayer! Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Wow, I didn't think I would find it straight away and with a comment!

I heard this song for the first time this morning and thought to myself I have to find out the name of the song and the singer. It does make you think in all that it says.

I am a bit like the person in that song too often, unfortunately. If I only remembered that we are all made in God's Image, especially when I think otherwise.