2015 so far has had a lot of “stuff” I never saw coming. I’m a thinker and as I tried to process it all I realized everything I was dealing with was word related. When I thought even further I realized they were wounded words.
- Negative statements uttered in anger
- Snap judgments shot in fear and most likely anger
- Barbs sent in the name of justice that wasn’t my battle to fight
Unfortunately this isn’t one instance and none of them are related. I could have handled one issue better but overall these were attacks that came without provocation. As a natural encourager who loves lifting others up, and an author who enjoys the written word, this has been a new thing experiencing words that were uttering the power of death.
How does one overcome that?
I realized fast I wasn’t going to pick myself up and move forward without the Lord’s help. The real me wanted to say the right thing, the perfect comeback, the rebuttal to all those things. But I knew wounded people wound people.
And I didn’t want to be next in line.
A few praying friends saw my distress and immediately prayed. When they finished, one of them gave me a card.
You guessed it.
These were words of life.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7, NIV
She went on to explain that the trouble are words used against me. Words that wound. Attacking words. Words of death.
The songs of deliverance?
Those are God’s words. Words that heal. Words that encourage. Words of life.
And His words trump all other words. All negative. All attacks. All barbs. All death-filled words.
I hope this little season ends and soon.
But I’ve taken away a good lesson.
Even in the darkest moments, especially in the maelstrom of horrible words, I’m surrounded by His words. His promises. His comfort.
And so are you.