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Deb Weaver ~ Communicating God's love, grace, & truth
"Gibbs' Slap From God"
by The Word Weaver, Deb on July 5th, 2013

Have you ever had Scripture rise from the page and smack you upside the head?  Right when you're about to dive into trouble?
Recently, I was fired up about something.  Okay...  It wasn't really about something as much as it was about someone.  I was peeved.  And I wanted to spew.  Only I didn't want to (couldn't/wouldn't) confront the person.  

So instead, in my mind, I began to compose a witty way of ranting on Facebook.  You know, blow off steam.  Make it funny but express my frustrations.  Garner sympathy.  Give away tickets to my side.

In truth, Facebook is not a medium I usually use for complaints or negativity.  I firmly believe in using my posts in a positive way.  But this was different!   I'd had it!  This person's narcissism and complete lack of sensitivity to others had flipped me over the edge and sent me careening down the canyon of anger.
Photo Credit:  Göran Arvidson, "Complaint Box," 11/03/2007, Creative Commons

I was detoured in the nick of time, I believe, by God.  Before I could get to my computer, I saw my Kindle and picked it up.  I opened it to where I'd last left The Message Bible, and read Numbers chapter eleven.  In this Old Testament portion, the Israelites grumbled and complained to one another about their hard life, and God's anger burned against them.  

Then Moses also began to complain--only, instead of whining to others, he went directly to God.  It immediately followed the Israelites' punishment for complaining so I was surprised as I read his angry, bold complaints--He really went to town as several were listed in rapid-fire, audacious succession--and yet, there was no record of God's anger burning toward Moses.  In fact, God responded to the issues and solved what was causing the problem.

I find that to be both significant and challenging.  (Not to mention timely!)  Who wants to become an ungrateful, whiny child who can't see or appreciate God's daily gifts or who always feels entitled to more?  No, I desire my eyes to be keenly attuned to the fingerprints of beauty, love, truth, and grace in my life and want my mouth to express my gratitude often.  My hope is to learn to live increasingly immersed in grace so that little frustrations do not raise my dander.

But life pierces.  There are times that the things that God allows flabbergast, hurt, and anger me.  People can be unkind and selfish, even downright cruel.

When I have legitimate frustrations and hurts, (and I will), instead of stuffing them deeper within myself or vomiting them onto others, I need to approach the right department head.  As author and Bible teacher Beth Moore often says, "Complain to God.  He's the only One who can take care of it."  He welcomes my directness, even my anger.  He beckons me closer and invites me to pour it all out before Him.  He soothes my ragged soul when I am honest with Him.
Photo credit:  Leland Francisco, "Prayer is the Language," 10/04/2009, Creative Commons

Needless to say, I stopped composing the Facebook post and started telling God my complaint.  The situation did not change immediately, but my ability to handle it did.  I'm grateful.  There's nothing like a good ol' Gibbs' slap*  from God just when I need it!



*The term "Gibbs' slap" refers to a habit of lead character Jethro Gibbs on the television program NCIS; he often lovingly corrects his employees with a quick slap to the head when they're doing something they shouldn't.

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4 Comments

Angie - July 7th, 2013 at 9:52 PM
You are so funny Deb Weaver. I miss seeing your beautiful face!!
The Word Weaver, Deb - July 7th, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Thanks, Angie! I appreciate you stopping by the blog and commenting! I hope you're enjoying summer!
Shelly - July 8th, 2013 at 11:28 AM
I wish I had seen this post a few weeks ago! Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom!
The Word Weaver, Deb - July 8th, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Glad to know I'm not the only one!
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