Wednesday, November 6, 2013
"Grumpy"ness and Graffiti
Graffiti or "tagging" as it is called here, is a common occurrence and quite frankly, a real nuisance.
I had just returned from a Saturday off work, enjoying my first- ever game of golf in New Zealand. I began to grumble under my breath as I washed the paint off the windows and checked the property for damage or evidence of criminal activity. Thankfully there was no break-in, no theft, no damage.
Window cleaner and a little elbow grease did the trick. It was really no big deal to clean, but my spirit was sour as I removed the paint job that donned the glass panes all along the back of the church. Then the holy Spirit checked me: "Why grumble Alison? 'Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.' (Matthew 5:44) That is the test of holiness, of perfect love. "
My complaining was replaced by praying and my bad attitude with a heart of thanksgiving that God has placed me here in Whangarei and has sustained me now over two years. I was thankful that the paint came off easily, that nothing was damaged or stolen. .. but most importantly that I had the opportunity to affect change in the lives of the youth because I was now praying for them.
Interestingly enough, at the close of Kids Club the following evening, God painted a brilliant rainbow across the heavens. Now that is something beautiful to behold! Thank the Lord that he has the ability (not to mention the patience!) to change a grumpy heart into a happy heart.