The Silent Response
Have you ever been accused of something that you did not do? Has there ever been a time in your life when it seemed like the masses perceived you in a way that was so far removed from your truth? How do you handle such situations? How have you handled them in the past?
So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.” But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed. —Mark 15:4-5
As I type this, a memory comes to mind. I was sitting in a restaurant with someone who presented herself to be a friend. There I sat listening to her description of me. I listened in silence with interest, wondering who was this person she was describing with my name. To prove her point, she noted a text conversation she said we had. I had no memory of our conversation happening the way she described, so as she pulled out her phone I retrieved mine. We read through the conversation—she did so aloud, me silently. At the end, she looked at me. Like I said, her memory of my words simply did not happen.
In truth, I was disappointed. There we sat across from each other with me realizing the symbolism of our antipodean seating. I can only imagine her surprise that I sat through her accusations in silence, but when you know your Truth you understand that it is its own defense. Needless to say, a few minutes later I was in my car driving home.
That night I realized that people will boldly try to project their insecurities and weaknesses unto you and how such distortions have the potential of destroying that very thing sent to bless them. Have you ever wondered how many misunderstandings happen because of this?