It’s been a long and annoying week. Some teenagers have been regularly doing donuts in their trucks in our church’s parking lot next door to our house. It was mainly just aggravating until it finally threw rocks hard enough to shatter our Honda Pilot’s back window and pepper the entire side of our house with gravel. I had to file a police report for vandalism. I’ve been on edge all week. With each night that they tear through, I’m worried I’ll have to file another police report for damaged windows or that they will finally accidentally hit our 2 ft tall block wall and go through it. The most frustrating part is that the darkness makes it impossible for our outdoor security cameras to make our their license plates. By the time you get out of the house, they are already too far away to see. I was actually waiting for them outside with my camera one night and caught one of the trucks on video and still couldn’t make out their plate because it was too dark. On Wednesday night after prayer service, they actually drove by slowly and my Father in law yelled and pointed and said, “That’s them!!!” Another church member was already in their car and followed after them to see their plate. The culprit ended up flying through a left turn on a red light to get away. It’s become their mission to destroy our church property and our family is getting the raw end of it.
All 3 of our kids have also been super sick with coxsackie virus this week, which is more commonly called hand, foot and mouth. My husband now humorously refers to it as “hoof and hind disease,” which actually also sums it up perfectly. You get a sore throat, high fever, and then about 24/48 hours after that, a terrible painful rash. It’s now touched each of the 3 of our kids and I’m not feeling great myself. I don’t know if I’m getting sick or I’m just very sleep deprived and stressed.
My heart hasn’t been 100% in the right place. I admit I’ve brainstormed homemade stop sticks, and even waiting in my car so I can peel out and chase them to see their plates. I know that neither of those things are good ideas but boy howdy if I wasn’t a Christian, I’d have done them both already. Last night one of the trucks did a drive by and I think it finally sent my nerves over the edge. My heart started pounding and my blood was boiling. Somehow after I cooled off, I realized that I can no longer let this make me this angry. I have been praying for these guys to stop, their hearts to be softened, and the wheels of their trucks to fall off daily. That’s probably not all I should have been praying for. I probably should have been praying for me to be in the right mindset. I’m still struggling with wanting to retaliate somehow, but I know myself and I know I won’t. It just comes down to one thing. I love Jesus, and I’m not willing to let these two knuckleheads put me at odds with Him.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
If they persecuted Jesus, they will persecute those of us who love Him. It should be an honor to stand for such a cause, even if it means our cars get vandalized and our gravel parking lot has deep ruts from repeated donuts. I have been trying to remind myself of this very thing. Loving Jesus is worth being hated for, because He is my best friend, and He stands for all that is good.
Mathew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’ve reached an “exceeding gladness,” about this persecution; but I am working on having a better attitude about it. I mean, this is small beans compared to what Jesus suffered for me, and what the prophets and apostles, and many Christians up to this very day, have suffered. Hopefully the next time I hear their sliding tires, revving engines, and flying gravel…I will be able to tell myself; Count it all joy Amy.
The truth is that if you are precious to God, you are important to the devil. There is no need for the devil to hone his destructive energies in on those who already are his. The destruction is aimed at those who are holding on to faith, trying to be righteous, and inspiring those around them to keep faith in God. These things are done to frustrate and discourage our dedication. If we let it, he wins. If we count it an honor and a privilege, God wins.
I had a memory cross my mind last night that I’d completely forgotten about. When I was in college, out in the boonies; I went off roading in a jeep with some friends. I wasn’t driving but I was having a blast. It only now occurs to my more matured brain cells, that that was most likely someone else’s land. I had to say a prayer and ask for forgiveness at the memory. It just never occurred to me until now, that this may have upset someone else. I hate that. I have to forgive these guys even if they keep doing this. I can’t hold onto this and let it make me have a vengeful heart, for I was once a teenage knucklehead in need of wisdom. Grace has to win.
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Awesome post. Thank you.
Thank you Margaret!
Yeah, when you’re young you have no idea the impact you’re having on others. I look back on the things I did and it’s no wonder I’m paying now! lol I’m now the old lady I used to make fun when she got mad at me. I’m full of remorse these days especially when I cannot endure what others are dishing out. lol I pray every day that the Lord will let me live some place that’s quiet but He’s kept me in a terribly noisy neighborhood now for over 4 1/2 years. I’ve have a lot of time to pray for the noisy and troubled people around me, but what else can you do but pray? I don’t want to be the crabby old lady that yells at people…I want to be long suffering and patient and kind. I have a feeling the Lord’s going to leave me here until I overcome this hurdle. Sigh. I hope they catch the youngin’s that are making such a mess and causing your nerves to be frayed. You could booby trap the lot so they trip a wire and it triggers a loud speaker that plays a recorded message about Jesus and maybe a hymnal or two?? lol At any rate I’ll pray the Lord gives you strength and an answer to your prayers. Hugs and Love in Christ!
Hahahha! I love the suggestions, but the prayers would be the most appreciated haha! Thank you so much. It is really hard to feel tormented in your own home. I hope you get some reprieve and I will pray for you as well.
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Luke 6:22-23 Blessed are you when people hate you, and exclude you , and insult you, and scorn your name as evil because of your association with the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for your reward in heaven is great; for their fathers used to treat the prophets in the same way. I agree with you Amy that this reason for rejoicing is anything but easy to obey! It goes totally against our carnal nature. Very obviously it’s not going to happen without the strong power of the Holy Spirit working through us. John 3:30 says that He must increase but I must decrease. I really like verse 34 which says: For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God gives the gift of the Spirit without measure (generously and boundlessly)! Hallelujah, there is hope for us to act more like Jesus no matter the circumstance! Thank You Father for the process of sanctification.
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Thank you so much. I really appreciate your words.
Right after Jesus teaches his apostles how to pray in Matthew, chapter 6, He says in verses 14 and 15:
Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
I see no reason not to try to identify who is doing the damage so those thoughtless teens can be blocked in their evil intent, but we have no choice but to forgive them.
Beth, I’m still trying to identify who it is, but I agree, forgiveness is necessary. Thank you so much!
These are children needing something!! Love for sure but if they want to do donuts give them donuts, every night, set up a table with donuts, where they will see if before they hit it, with a note that says if you want donuts here they are , it will soften their hearts, .. Be loving to them , they need your love and attention, find a way !!
This is a very unique and cool idea. I’m going to mull it over. Thank you so much!