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Wives World – How to Handle Blindsiding

I don’t know about you but I don’t think fast on my feet.  i find I have this in common with many of my clients.  When circumstances or people blind-side me it throws me under the bus.  When the times of something coming out of left field slams you down to the ground, how do you  regain your footing?  Whats helped me so much was a recent discovery about Jesus.  He had one of those “blind-siding” days.  In Luke 8 we see the account of Jesus healing a Demoniac.  This guy was in terrible shape because legions of bad stuff was in him.  Jesus met with the man, yes it was probably at least a 50 minute session…we don’t have the total details but we know the outcome was the man was completely normal, cleaned up and sitting at the feet of Jesus.  It must have been such a sweet moment for Jesus.  He had fought the fight and won.  What happens next is that Jesus was totally gets blind-sided.  The text says “When they came to Jesus they found the man whom the demons had gone out sitting at Jesus feet…then they asked Jesus to leave because they were afraid.”  What?  He just had experienced one of His most successful moments of victory ever and he is being kicked out of town?  

It is His response to the day that amazes me.  Now me I would handle things by being hurt, defending myself to the crowd and wanting to help them understand what just happened here.  No, Jesus calmly walked away. Not upset. Not dealing.  Even though his work and everything He stood for had been invalidated, not acknowledged or supported, He did not let the opinions of man spoil His day.  Instead, scripture says “He got into His boat and left.”

I realize that when I get blind-sided sometimes the best response is no response.  Sometimes staying true to my course by knowing who I am gives me more power than getting pulled into the hole by coming up with the best response.  Getting in the boat with Jesus to let Him comfort and console my invalidation is an opportunity for me to understand how blessed I am to know Him.  At that moment, the opinions of those who don’t “get me” matter not.  In Christ alone…



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