Baby, you understand me now
If sometimes you see that I’m mad
No one can always be an angel
When everything goes wrong you see some bad
Well I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood
A lot of times people who haven’t known me before I walked with Christ, often mistake my humbleness and meekness for weakness. One of the things that used to bother me most was when church folk assumed since we was in church they could just talk to me any kind of way and it was all good.
But as Common says in his lyrics above, ‘No one can always be an angel… But I’m just a soul whose intentions are good.’ It took me a minute to really learn how to handle church folk, cause the first few who took it there quickly found out they had made a major mistake cause I wasn’t the one.
I had one particular situation where a person came off the wrong way and because we were in the church building (even though it wasn’t church service) but because we were in the church building I decided to walk away. Would you believe they had the nerve to follow me, I walked away again the third time they wasn’t no walking away. First let me say, it took nothin’ less than God for me to walk away in the first place, cause I was never that cat to walk away!
While it wasn’t something I was particularly proud of let’s just say I made my point clear and there was no more misunderstanding with that person after that! Actually we are pretty cool since that day. I remember thinking to myself, ‘It’s a shame I got act up to get some respect sometimes even in church.’ I mean you expect it in the streets, but YO! This is the church.
This person was just jumping and shouting, the spirit was moving all thru them when the choir was singing earlier and not long afterwards… well anyway, you get the point I digress.
Bottom line I let this person take me out of my character and go off, I ended apologizing to my pastor and a few others in the church who had witnessed my outburst, including a new member, who was there for the first time. What he must of thought about me and about the church? He & I joke about it now
I mean I haven’t always been the person I am today and even with what you see, like Steve Harvey said, ‘Don’t Trip, He Ain’t Through With Me Yet!’ I have found at various other times in my life someone just totally misunderstood me and got it twisted and thought they could get over on me because of my kind heartedness. It used to bother me until I read about even Jesus was misunderstood by his own people.
Jesus was misunderstood during His ministry, but unlike my aforementioned example above, it wasn’t His fault. Mine was to the point I let the person take me there. Even the people who lived with Him and observed Him closely didn’t understand His mission. For a long time, they didn’t see that He was the God-sent Messiah. That’s why His question in Mark 8:29 is so vital. There He asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
“You are the Christ,” Peter replied. At last, he saw clearly who Jesus was–the Messiah, the Savior, the Son of God. When people misunderstand Him today, it’s not because He hasn’t made clear who He is and what His mission is.
But after reading that or hearing that in bible study I believe I was like, man they even misunderstood Jesus and He was the Son of God! That story and a Christian Leadership Class, my pastor taught helped me deal with church folk a lot more let’s just say Christian-like, then before.
But there are still times when the enemy knows my weakness for not ever wanting to be disrespected and sends someone my way to test me. In times such as these I just try to stay prayed up, stay aligned with God but staying in His Word daily! I have had a moment or two since but nothing no where as bad as that first incident. I hold on to that fact that even Jesus was misunderstood and I am only human!
The life we lead, will always lead us
And we pray that he, will never leave us
It’s the price we pay, I guess that’s the reason
Why my grandma sang, we all need Jesus…
Misunderstood, don’t let me be, misunderstood
Misunderstood, don’t let me be, misunderstood, I’m just human