A Bucket of Mercy
Have you ever been hurt by actions or words of a relative or close friend? Perhaps you have worked very hard to do something nice for other people, such as cooking a meal for someone who is ill, and you have been mistreated as a consequence. Well, this happened to me recently.
I overheard someone complaining about the mess in the shared kitchen when they saw dirty dishes in the sink. I did not have time to do that the evening before and had returned to do it. This person did not offer to help put things back in order but chose to gossip to another lady about the mess she saw.
This kind of person does not encourage others. I felt very sad and discouraged, but then I read these words by a well-known author:
"What do you do when people mistreat you? Do you become angry inside and let the hurt consume your emotions? Or do you reach to some source of cool water and pull out a bucket of mercy to free yourself? There isn't any emotion that imprisons the soul more than the unwillingness to forgive." (Max Lucado in "Walking With The Savior")
That same day, I was reading my Bible about the building of a Sacred Tent where people could go to worship God, and in Exodus 37:6 it says, "The entire lid of the Sacred Chest was covered with pure gold and this was the place of mercy".
I was reminded that my God has plenty of grace and mercy for His children - we just have to go to Him and ask for it. So, I asked for God's grace, grabbed my towel and bucket of mercy and went to work until the kitchen and my heart were both spotless.
Bucket - A container with an open top and a handle, used to carry water.
Mercy - Pity, favor, a kindness in excess of or opposite to what is expected, such as a punishment.