by Ami Hendrickson
Don’t be hasty in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.
In January 2001, during a hockey match between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Colorado Avalanches, Blackhawks player Steve Sullivan got smashed in the face with a hockey stick.
Bleeding profusely, Sullivan left for the bench. But a Colorado fan reveled in the player’s pain. The fan began loudly heckling the injured man, shouting profanities, calling him names, and mocking him.
Sullivan shook it off. Soon, he was back on the ice, skating well and scoring goals, much to his heckler’s displeasure.
Later, another player got the puck behind the net, sending it sailing over the glass, into the bleachers—-where it hit the heckling fan in the head! Sometimes poetic justice comes to call.
In the Common English Bible (CEB), today’s verse says:
Don’t be too quick to get angry because anger lives in the fool’s heart.
God gives good counsel. He doesn’t want us to spend our valuable time and energy entertaining anger. Angry thoughts may originate in our head, but they affect our heart, contributing to elevated blood pressure, stroke, and souring our relationships with others. It shouldn’t take getting hit in the head with a hockey puck for us to realize that when God gives advice, it’s because He always has our best interests at heart.
Thank You for being slow to anger (Psalm 86:15).
Please help me turn to You when I feel anger build.
Help the only red I see to be the precious blood you shed for me.