I generally have an gregarious, innocent, funny predisposition - or so I am told by others. But every now and then I am annoyed. Its usually not by people as such but by rudeness, or by plain stupidity.
Take today for example. I was waiting to turn into route 90 on the lights. Since my road has two lanes and I was turning left I left space in case a car coming from another street wanted to turn into the lane on my right. Nice? Polite? Well, the gentleman behind me thought I was stupid. He overtook me, forced his big car in the space in front of me, and managed to block the lane in the right and mine in the process. He would have been very proud of himself, except he was on the phone. Now, you can only imagine what words in 3 languages went through my head...
The Bible tells us, not to be taken over by our anger: "For your anger does not produce God's righteusness" it insists with a hint of sarcasm. Our anger is just ours - God has more important things to take care of than a stupid driver, and a not so wise minister who find the first one annoying. Put things into perspective.
But this Sunday we will be hearing of a situation when Jesus snapped - and was angry. Why? Why was he also rude to the woman?
If you want to find out - I will see you at First Church this Sunday at 10 AM.