“It’s because of your temper,
your blasphemous foul temper,
That I’m putting my hook in your nose
and my bit in your mouth
And turning you back
to where you came from.” 2 Kings 19:28
The last time I threw a temper tantrum was when one of my kids threw one. I was so frustrated at my inability to control my child’s behavior, I went into a childish mode and acted like one, too. My temper tantrum must have made me look like Godzilla—a 5’10” mother over-reacting to a six-year old. No amount of apologizing for my bad reaction to childish behavior could erase this image from a kid’s mind.
I take comfort in knowing I am not alone in having lost control of my temper. In Matthew 21:12-13, Jesus entered the temple courts and threw out loan sharks and sellers of doves. Quoting his Father, “My house was designated a house of prayer; you have made it a hangout for thieves.” This was a cause worthy of anger. By clearing the temple, it became possible for the sick and crippled people to enter to be healed by Jesus.
It was my child’s strong will I tried to fight, which was not a cause worthy of my outbursts. I learned through child development classes that one needs to mold, not break the strong will of a child. Maybe I should have bought a set of drums for both of us to beat on.
Lord, forgive me for the times I have been mean-spirited to the people I love most. Amen.