“for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” (Proverbs 24:16)
Recently, I have noticed my toddler granddaughter who is 20 months old, saying “ne’ mind” when things go wrong or not according to her play plan. Where did she learn those words from, I wondered, until her mother pointed out that I use those two words quite a lot – “never mind”. Without me knowing, I actually have a living little mirror hanging around me!
What does “never mind” mean to me? It certainly does not mean give up and move on. The Theology of Ne’ Mind that I would like to introduce to us is: “It’s ok, I will try again.”
How many times have we intended to do something good for others and it backfires on us? We get so upset and tend to say “I won’t do it anymore!”, thus limiting ourselves or worse still, short selling our destiny. Perhaps, it is time to say Ne’ Mind.
The Bible says the righteous falls seven times and bounces back. It did not say “may fall” or “if one falls”, it is straight forward “the righteous falls seven times” meaning falling down is part of life even for the righteous. If there was one lady who was hit bad, it has to be Naomi (Ruth 1:1-6). Family hit by famine, migrated to foreign land, husband died, eldest son died, youngest son died, saddled with two young widows and penniless. Instead of feeling sorry for herself and blame God and then just die as a widow incognito in an enemy’s territory, she rose up to go home to her destiny. This is the Never Mind Theology of a righteous person. We fall and we rise again so our destiny is not destroyed but fulfilled.
This is a great lesson to learn as we end the year. For those of us who might not have had a very good year in 2018, for those of us who are fighting battles of health, relationships or career and have fallen, let’s learn to say “Ne’ Mind”, rise up in faith of a God who is our ever faithful shepherd, compassionate priest and mighty conqueror. You will be amazed at the next door that opens.
Lord, thank you for your Hand that reaches out to me every time I fall. I hear your voice that says “Ne’ Mind, I will help you. Try again.” I love you Lord. Amen