He is our defense

 I have a story that haunts my right-brained mind now for decades. It’s almost silly, but as a child, I took it so personal. I have enduringly set out to prove its validity throughout the years, and justified it over and over again.  I pray that somebody else out there understands my injustice. (tongue-in-cheek)

It was the summer of 1989,I was 13 and The backdrop was Lake Tahoe, cascading it’s gorgeous sun and water into our quaint little cabin’s window . I was staying with my Best Friend and her family for a two week vacation. As her mom began to cook dinner, we sat around the table, cards all scattered across. The goal of the game Scattergories was understood; it is to creatively bring to mind a handful of words to match the list of phrases given on the card you're given. They must begin with the principal letter chosen at random, as one roles a giant dice coated with the alphabet. To add an extra competitive detail, the  way you get the points at the end, is to have written something different than the rest.

The letter ‘M’ was rolled on the giant dice, and the timer began.
 As I penciled my list down, I came to the phrase ‘A Way to get from here to there’ and thought for sure that Motorcycle would already be chosen. 

What would you have chosen?

In my brain, there are few boundaries when it comes to ideas. Commonly, I understand the mainstream idea, but my mind tends to take things to the outer limits.
 I soon realized that a Mountain is a way to get from here to there. If there were a lake or a mountain, and I needed to get past it, I could take the mountain to get from here to there. It’s all how You, personally define “A Way...”. I understand that most would interpret an ‘M’ word as ‘a source of transportation’, but I believe that a Mountain is not wrong, it’s just not the norm. 

A Mountain IS a way to get from here to there! (still defending)

That’s why when the timer buzzed, and we came to this phrase, my friend guffawed to me that that was not an answer. She had written Motorbike, and felt that she should receive adequate points, but mine should not.
As I argued my point, her mom came over to see what was wrong. We declared our stances, and waited for an answer.  She looked at me softly, and sort of sorrowful and said, “No Kimmie, that doesn’t work for this phrase, it means a type of vehicle like Motorcycle.”

My heart cried out, “But my point counts! I soon felt the caving in of Misunderstanding upon me. Someone please stand in my defense! Hot tears began to well up, and as my throat clenched up, I felt the grief. I ran outside and began to cry deeply.

In this illustration, we can all relate to that feeling of being misunderstood. I can’t imagine going through life with always being in agreement with everyone.
It's such an encouragement to know that someone has felt this with us and even more on a massive scale. Our greatest example is Jesus, who was misunderstood to the point of laying down his life. His quiet defense was that he saw you and me. And through his death and resurrection, we see his heart. But he did not live just an agreeable life, the Bible talks about Jesus’ focus. "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

We know the Pharisees were the religious leaders of the day, and from their standpoint, the condition of a person’s heart toward God seemed unimportant. Their messiah would not break the laws that they had created. He would definitely not mix and mingle with sinners and gentiles. They had built mountains of rules and laws for themselves, that when it came time to see the ‘One who had come’, they couldn’t see him. How wrong they were to be understood by themselves, but lost to the One who had come to save them.

On trial, when Pilate said to Jesus, “So you are a king?”

Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” John 18:37

I love Jesus’ commitment in speaking the truth; he was aiming for their hearts in all that he did. Knowing who he was, and where he was going, he stood his ground and looked past this mountain of manmade laws. Though he was human, and felt things deeply, he knew what he came to do. I often think of this moment before Pilate, when people come up at us against the truth of the Gospel. It is in the shadow of his wings, that I can gather my confidence and strength to stand.

Jesus was willing to have a different answer than the norm. Jesus felt the pangs of feeling misunderstood. But what did he do about it? For one, he knew his calling. He came to save the sinners, regardless of people’s ideas of him. You and I will have those discouraging moments, but we will have to go back to the time when God spoke clearly to you and I on why he has us where we are.  And two, He prayed for the ones God had given them. John 17:9  Not all are willing to hear, actually most will not, but there will be some. And those God has given in our sphere of influence, we are to pray that God will make a way to get from here to there. He will. He said he would. This is regardless of their judgment.

His promise is that He came to save people from their sins, so let him do his work through you. He is your defense, (and our example of defense). You may not take the road that everyone will take, but he promised to walk with you from here to there, and for eternity. 


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