I drew a heart in the sand.
Someone came alongside me and pointed to the outline. “A turtle,” he exclaimed.
He called his friend over. The woman looked at the stick drawing, the ocean foam lapping closer to the edges.
“No, it’s a dog.”
More people gathered … pointing and debating. Despite my protestations, few saw the intended design.
The tide came in and washed the traces of it away.
In relief … and frustration, I sat on the hot sand, staring at where my picture had been.
I was alone again.
Was it a snowflake or a cloud?
“It was a heart,” I declared, willing it to return beneath the water.
Intentions vs Perceptions
Our intentions are not changed by people’s perception of them.
In the end, I will stand before God. He’ll see the curves to the lines, viewing that snapshot among the many in my life.
He will see the heart.
Have you had someone misunderstand your intentions or something that came out of your mouth?
When Jesus was confronted by false accusations, He remained silent. He committed the whole situation to the One who judges righteously.
Is there a way we could do the same and not try to take things into our own hands or “fix” a false impression or accusation?
Share your thoughts or experiences with being misunderstood in the comments below.
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