(Day 4) Julissa Soriano
“I’m going to a ugly Christmas sweater party and I’m determined to win so I think I’m going to buy- you know those new Disney channel shows no one watches? One of these characters came out with a onesie with jingle bells. So I’m going to buy bells and attach to my sweater. Or sit by one of those electrical plugs and have Christmas lights going around my neck. If I could find a sweater would singing in it, that would be better. That would be my top choice!”
I was looking through my checklist of bible passages to read when a passage about Samson appeared. I decided to keep reading past the passage assigned and I saw something about Delilah and Samson. I read through it and saw how unhealthy their relationship was. She was prodding him. She didn’t really care for him and she betrayed him. His interests were most important. She wanted something and that was all that mattered,
I kept looking at that passage trying to imagine myself as Samson. I’m obviously the brolic one! The one anointed and ordained by God, right? But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I was actually like Delilah and my friends in general are Samson. My study bible said that Delilah was never mentioned in the bible again after this passage, but she stripped Samson of his honor. How did one person leak their poison so powerfully into another person’s life?
Sure, it was Samson’s choice! How could he make the same mistakes over and over again? Stupid. Not like I’ve ever ermmm done anything like that before. *cough*
But how many times have I been a Delilah to the people important in my life. The best thing we could ever do in our lives is encourage people. To love people so much that they can feel the warmth of God. But we’re predisposed to just hate.
Human beings feast on hurting other and I fear that one day this nature in me will really hurt me or the people close to me. Little people talk about other people right? And I stand by the belief that it’s okay to share feelings, but there’s a point where it crosses the line. I think I should know how to gauge that.
I don’t want to be remembered as someone who broke other people down. I want to build other people up. Samson was defeated by Delilah. But we are made strong in Christ because our weakness is perfected in him alone.
I guess the problem comes when people who are filled with the Spirit stop listening to God. Then just as Samson, God will leave us and we will not realize it.
I hope this was interesting to you!