Supernatural, Part Four: On Bullies and Silence
New Part Four; Series has been renumbered
I am an idiot. This part of the supernatural series was supposed to be fourth in line. But, considering the news of the day, it seems that this part will be published exactly when it’s supposed to be. God knows what He’s doing.
As a de facto only child for nine years, I was quiet and secretive. Even those few times when I did speak up, I’d say what I had to say only once, and let it go if no one listened.
My secretive nature served me well when I held a security clearance decades ago. The Non-Disclosure Agreement we signed had a length of ten years, but many years had passed after its expiration date before I told my parents what my old job was. And I mentioned it only incidentally and after reminding myself that I wouldn't go to jail if I did it.
As I get older, I get mouthier, but my natural tendency remains, especially with things which are meaningful, painful, and emotional.
I’ve been bullied often – as a child, a teenager, a young adult, in middle age, and as an adult approaching senior citizen status. I don’t hate the perpetrators – several of them are on my personal prayer list – nor do I feel sorry for myself because of it. In fact, I’ve come to view it as a symptom of a greater factor in my life: God’s favor and His protection of my physical and mental/emotional selves – a pattern I’ve noticed only in recent years. He has even protected me from the more catastrophic personal consequences of my own sins.
Here's the evidence for my theory about my personal bullies.
They have had one thing in common: an inexplicable aversion to me.
Now, I’m not saying that I haven’t had people who dislike me for explainable reasons. I’ve mentioned that I’ve done some bad things. Also, I can be a pain in the backside, sometimes intentionally.
But, I’m not talking about those cases.
There have been people who have disliked me on sight and would have nothing to do with me. Others have turned their faces away from me after claiming to love me and this is about more than romantic relationships. Of these, I can look back and see that the aversion may have been spiritually-driven: that their faces were turned away from me for my protection and by that, I mean all facets of protection mentioned.
But it was only during my homelessness stint that I was able to truly see the spiritual aspect of it. And God gave me a taste of what we are all up against. He did this by allowing the insertion of a servant of the Adversary into my living space.
I was bullied by that servant. Oh, she never laid a hand on me; that would have been easy to solve, since I believe in using blunt instruments. This was worse.
And I have been silent about it – except to a few – for seven years. But, I think it’s time to talk about it. Bullies rely on silence.
It won’t be what you expect.
I felt that it was necessary to give some sense of what it’s like to look back on these things. God gave me a love of identifying patterns and I hope that this post assists you in seeing that pattern also.
Call this post the glue that links the others together.
NEXT: The Heralding
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