Fall 2017

I think my spirit gets a little pouty every now and then. It’s a spoiled rotten little spirit, mind you, and the things that inspire the pout- ing are most often quite trivial. Like having to get a new phone and not being able to keep the old number. Or like when you’ve been thinking about that last Ding Dong all day and then find somebody ate it and left the empty box. I so hate to admit this, but I’m just climbing out of a ridiculous pouty-mope right now. The other day I sighed so hard I’m pretty sure my neighbors felt a breeze. Embarrassing. To add to it, as usually happens when I’m brooding, suddenly I hated all my clothes. I’m not sure exactly why, but sulkiness always seems to bring out the worst in my closet. It’s not that I necessarily want new clothes even. It’s more that I become discontent with abso- lutely everything and I’m convinced I need a different body to put inside the clothes I al- ready have. It doesn’t matter that I know I’m to blame, I still blame the closet. Goofy closet. When I’m overwhelmed or blue or hormonal or discontent or just plain pouty, there’s one thing that can snap me back around like noth- ing else. It’s dwelling on the Lord. Not just passively thinking. No, really and truly meditat- ing. Contemplating to the point of being over- whelmed and undone by the glorious God of all joy. It’s an altogether better “overwhelmed.” “I greatly rejoice in the Lord, I exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righ- teousness,” (Isaiah 61:10, HCSB). The New Living says, “I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!” As I focus on Him and rejoice in His goodness, it’s amazing how those trivial, pout-inducing circumstances shrivel in signifi- cance. It’s at the moment of praise, as I ponder amazing grace, that I remember—I remember all the way to my soul—that when He gave me the gift of salvation through the cross of Christ, He gave me absolutely everything my soul needs. Whatever I’m whining about looks small and petty. And even when I’m fretting over something that’s not small or petty, that something is still nowhere near as big as the grace of God. It makes me smile to recognize that as I dwell on His goodness and the sulkiness fades into worship, the Lord totally takes care of the closet thing. The spiritual closet, anyway. The very reason for rejoicing is that “He has clothed me with the garments of salvation.” It’s im- possible to whine about the “robe of righteous- ness.” It’s borrowed from Christ. And though this whiny woman doesn’t deserve it, it fits perfectly. The sweet, old hymn expresses it well: “And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in, by RHONDA RHEA Then Sulks My Soul 34 | OCT - NOV - DEC 2017 ON A MISSION women-on-a-mission.com

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