(Mis)Interpretation of a solution
Do you ever have really deep thoughts that are brought about by the movies that you watch or music that you listen to? Well, sometimes I do. Just recently I was prompted to think about how it is so easy to misinterpret what one should do when faced with what seems to be the answer to all of your problems. My husband and I were watching Knightfall, which is a History Channel series about the Knights Templar. If you'd like, you can read more about them here. In this one scene, one of the Templars who was previously seriously injured while helping a fellow Templar escape was lamenting his wounds. He suffers daily from pain caused by those wounds. He and his fellow Templar, the Master Templar, are about to go to the place where the grail of Christ is supposed to be hidden. When he asks the Master Templar if he would allow him to drink from the grail to heal him, the master basically tells him no. He said that God intended for his pain to be his fate and that he shouldn't use the grail to change it.
Now that's an interesting take on the man's situation. That the suffering that the man is going through is what God had intended for him, says the one Templar. But after the Master Templar leaves, the previously injured Templar gets on the altar and prays to God that he doesn't believe that God has intended him to suffer. Instead, he experiences an epiphany that God really wants him to take the grail from the Master Templar. Which do you think is right? Are we all meant to suffer what pain we've been given or are we supposed to find some type of healing for that pain?
Do we correctly interpret our paths when given options to solve our problems? For instance, let's say you were deeply in debt. There was no way you could possibly pay off all of your debts and still live a decent life. Then while you're at the grocery story you slip and fall on a wet floor. Now's your chance! What do you think God wants you to do? Does he want you to sue that grocery store to receive perhaps millions of dollars for an accident that only caused you to have a sprained wrist? Or does God want you to speak with the store's headquarters and work something out so that you are fairly compensated for your medical bills for that injury and possibly any missed days of work? To be honest, I don't know what the correct answer is. For those who may not believe in God, you can still use the same scenario. Just replace God with your conscience. Which decision do you think is best? Which one can you live with?
For those believers, the way that I look at the store situation is you have a choice. Sure, you could sue the grocery store and receive lots of money to cure your financial woes, but does that mean your conscience will be heavy with guilt because you knew your injuries weren't that severe? Or perhaps you chose to be honest and get what was fair, but you still have all of your other debts to contend with. Your conscience will be clear and perhaps you have please God with your choice. It's difficult to say. That's why when I hear people interpreting what God wants for people I have to laugh. I really don't think they actually know what God wants for us. Maybe we're in charge of what we think God wants for us. Maybe He gives us a choice to see what we feel we deserve? To be honest, I don't think we'll ever really know what God wants for us until we talk with Him. What do you think? I'd love to read your comments. Feel free to share this post with those you think would be interested in this topic. Until next week...take care!
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