Did You Pass The Test?
By Mavis Tipton
I recently read an article that caught my attention, called “Are You Ready For Sandpaper People?” I would say most of us would respond with “No”, rubbing shoulders with people who can push our buttons and rub us the wrong way isn’t something we go looking for, nor do we enjoy it when it happens. But it will happen, often when you least expect it, and sometimes when we do expect it.
So how do we handle those situations? Luke 6:27-30 says; “…Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. If someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.” (Msg.)
Well there you have it straight from God Himself. It is a test…an open book test, the hardest kind. And how many times do you have to take this test…until you pass it with a nice big “A+.”
As I researched ‘sandpaper,’ I discovered it use to be made from sand, and in 1833 they even used glass particles. Today they use neither of those two components. The most common material is aluminum oxide.
There are many different shapes, sizes and grits for sandpaper today. They are used according to what needs to be accomplished.
When sandpaper and glass-paper were used, sandpaper would prepare the surface to be polished and glass-paper would cut and rough up the surface to absorb glue or paint, etc.
As the Lord allows ‘sandpaper people’ to challenge you which type of paper is He using on you, Sandpaper or Glass-paper?
With the holidays fast approaching and our community filling with visitors and winter residents it is a great opportunity to get that “A+ and passing the test,” by praying for the driver who whips into a parking place ahead of you or the driver who cuts you off in traffic, rather than blowing your horn at them or other jesters or words, smile, wave and send up a prayer. For the person that always seems to set you on edge, because you never know what they are going to say or do, greet them with a kind word and smile, rather than going down a different aisle in the grocery store. Or maybe you just got up on the wrong side of the bed and nothing seems to be going right for you, take a moment and pray and ask the Lord to help you live out His Word;
Rom. 12:18 “As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone.”
We have all experienced different encounters with ‘sandpaper people,’ may we take every opportunity God puts in our path to be His light and love.
May the Fruit of the Spirit be the armor we wear as we encounter ‘sandpaper people.” And just maybe they will become less rough around the edges. Gal 5:22-24. And remember there are no statue-of-limitations on how many times you may have to take the test.