Not all of us have had “Ezra the teacher” for an instructor. We get all kinds, all through our lives. Balaam had a donkey for a teacher. We sometimes have very good teachers, and at times we may have a dear soul who stumbles through, meaning very well. The most difficult thing to learn from may be someone who has misunderstood you and means to straighten you out. This too we must listen to – for that kernel of truth that may well be in there, in order to learn. We resist this, because we think it makes us guilty when we know we aren’t on this issue. Whether we are or not is going to be left to God sometimes, because others truly may misunderstand us on the one hand. But on the other hand, as Jeremiah (the book in the bible, not my son) says, the heart is deceitfully wicked above all else, who can know it. This means all of us. There is no one who can say unequivocally, that they are not guilty, really. So, what we can do when we feel misunderstood, or unliked perhaps, due to your side generally being considered wrong (when you “know” better) is we can “learn from any teacher”. Listen for the nugget of possible truth that you can build on and become better with. The admonisher may not even mean it for good. But how many times have we seen someone meaning things for evil or selfish reasons and God meaning it for good? This is the overcomers way of life. This is how we live victoriously.
Autumn is upon us. We now have nine minutes less than 12 hours of daylight (where we live) and the dark is advancing about 3 minutes a day. Coping mechanisms vary. Today, I make a light whipped, Rosemary beeswax lotion. The smell of rosemary has been a favorite of mine for over 35 years. I’ve used it for different things throughout those years and today it is to ward the coming Fall. You will find each your own solutions I’m sure, but if you find yourself in too deep, come see me and I’ll make you some of my Rosemary beeswax lotion. It’s even nicer than it sounds.