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Today’s Special is: I Am Your Shoes
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Noelle Dey
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In return for my love they are my accusers, But I give myself to prayer.

Psalm 109:4 NKJV

Entrée:

I was astonished by her response.  With a furrowed brow and no words, she stared a hole right through me.

Each year I edit my personal mission statement, but there is one line that never gets taken out.  It says, “Bless at least one unsuspecting person a day.”  I might go out of my way to strike up a conversation with an elderly person at a doctor’s office or ask a homeless person how I can pray for her.

The responses have always warmed my heart… until I was caught in a stare down at the alterations store.

I recounted the sequence of events with my sister later that evening.  The lady behind the counter was Hispanic and she spoke to her coworker in Spanish.  I understood most of what she said.  So when I came to the front of the line, I used my two years of high school Spanish to tell her that I liked her pants.

My sister asked, “What exactly did you say to tell her that you liked her pants?”

I said, “Me llamo sus zapatos!”

When she could finally speak my sister explained that I said, “My name is your shoes!”

I’m embarrassed to admit how offended I was prior to my sister’s Spanish tutorial.

When I take honest inventory, I realize that when I feel snubbed, it’s typically because there is a language barrier of some sort.  It might be my own insecurities.  Or someone might be offending me out of their injured past.

Naively, I have said the first half of Psalm 109:4 many times, “In return for my love they are my accusers.”  But God whispers to my heart, “Sweet daughter, you don’t know the whole story… take note of the second half of the verse!”  Ah yes… this is who I strive to be… a girl who gives myself to prayer!

Take Out:

Have you ever been offended?  Let’s grow in Psalm 109:4 together.  Before letting the offense grow roots in your heart, give yourself to prayer.

Start with yourself!  Ask God to reveal anything in your own heart that needs attention.  From my experience, God has brought my insecurities, unresolved bitterness and old wounds to the surface.  Let God heal your brokenness.  Pray for the person who offended you.  There is a hidden reason for ugly outbursts.  If we could see what is unseen, I guarantee we would be filled with compassion more than offense!

Dessert:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us as we grow.  Thank You for showering us with deep compassion when we are offended.  Tender our hearts so we can give ourselves to prayer in those tough times.  We love You and pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

For more encouragement, check out Noelle’s book Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body.

© 2014 by Noelle Dey.  All rights reserved.

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4 Comments

Good stuff Noelle!  Actually this post made me think of one of my kids...we've been knocking heads a bit lately and your words,

"There is a hidden reason for ugly outbursts.  If we could see what is unseen, I guarantee we would be filled with compassion more than offense!"

have really made me think.  My little man is growing up and I'm sure this is part of the pulling away process...oh to be a Mom who prays more!!  I once heard a speaker say, "You think it's hard parenting a young person...remember what it was like being one!!"  Oh yes!  Thank you for this lesson and reminder today!  Blessings to you!

Thank you for ALWAYS sharing the "real" stuff of life.  I am one who takes offense when I do something "good" for God and don't get the response I would give if someone did the same for me.  It hurts.  Such a sad statement...one I'm embarrassed to make because it shows ulterior motive for my words or actions.  Thank you for teaching me to turn their response back to my heart...to pray and to look inward, to listen.  God, how do you want me to respond.  Maybe it is to pray for them. Maybe it is to evaluate my motives.

Love you, girl!!

me

Great story Noelle as always.  I love the photo!!!

Another awesome devotional girl.  Thanks for your wisdom and for blessing me today.

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