Life in General

The Stranger that Did No Good

Something scary happened to me recently. I don’t want to go into details, but I will say that it involves another person.

However, the point of this post is to say that sometimes, what appears to be one way is actually quite another. More often than not nothing is as it appears. Innocent people have lost so much due to people, complete strangers, getting involved in something they have no right to get involved in. Sometimes, when you think you’re doing something good, it may cause more problems down the road.

In this tech-savvy, I’m-gonna-tell-on-you, it’s-none-of-my-business-but-I’m-gonna-get-involved-anyway, self-righteous world that we live in people get hurt, people get in trouble, people go astray because of circumstances that other people know nothing about, but are readily willing to ruin a life or lives over just because they can.

Have you ever heard the saying, “On the outside looking in?” The scary situation I encountered today was similar to that.

It’s easy to sit back and judge another. It’s easy to say, “I wouldn’t do it that way” or I would have reacted differently.” However, the truth is… never know how you’re going to act. You never know how you’re going to react. You never know the outcome of anything until it happens. If we could all read the future and control every single situation we get involved in, don’t you think there’d be a lot less pain, less heartache, less hatefulness in the world we live in. Nobody can do that. Nobody can alter any situation. All one can do is act and react. Are there ways in which we can prepare ourselves? Sure, but they are not fool-proof. We are human and humans make bad judgments, mistakes, and wrong choices.

So to the guy in Hobby Lobby, I forgive you for frightening my children and I. Your harassment, following me through the store, taking pictures of my family was completely uncalled for. You didn’t accomplish anything except to make yourself a monster in the eyes of my children. You, a complete stranger, have now given my children a glimpse of what a boogie man looks like, a human figure version of the monsters in their nightmares. I forgive you for your stupidity upon our encounter. I forgive you that you had no idea what you were doing. I forgive you that you were so quick to judge and that you were completely clueless to circumstances. Rest assured, though, that my children are well cared for. Rest assured that they are being taught how to love others in a world that is so quick to hate. Rest assured that I may not always be able to shield them from unnecessary judgment and taunting behavior such as yours, but I will arm them with the tools, the heart to handle the above behaviors in such a way that it will not be a burden upon their shoulders. Lord, have mercy on us all.


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