“God can do anything….He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (The Message Bible)
Bullying has become an epidemic in schools. My daughter has two little boys, and she is already concerned about when they go to school if they might be a candidate for someone to bully, or if they will be the one to bully another kid. I raised three children and never worried about children bullying other children. It frustrates me, and makes me angry, to think that a child’s educational experience can be hampered by another student.
In the scripture today, we are reminded that God is not a big bully in the sky. I believe he planted a spirit of good within all of us at our birth, but in some people, the seed did not germinate. When I was baptized, God watered the soil of my soul; when I affirmed my baptism at confirmation, I took it upon myself to fertilize my soul soil so that my spirit would continue to grow.
There have been many periods of drought in my spiritual journey—the doubts, fears, anxieties, and questions. During those times, I felt as if the Holy Spirit was whispering in my ear, “It’s okay—I’ll stand by you, shade you, and protect you from the bullying forces. Trust me!”
Dear Lord, thank you for gentle nudges that help me survive the assaults to my spirit. Amen.