August Second; If I Could Request the Gift of..

I want to understand. I do.


It seems that we are living in a time of great and easy availability of information, but there is still so little understanding. I won’t claim to understand everything going on around the world, but I will say that I want to understand. I want, to not only have the understanding, but the ability to share that understanding in a way that is easily comprehended and further shared. I have mentioned many times about paying a visit to the rabbit hole in search of information before sharing my writing. I want to feel as assured as possible that what I am putting out there is as correct as possible. I have learned the hard, embarrassing and painful way, the results of not doing that very thing. I have often had to eat proverbial crow for my missteps. I have also watched others suffer the consequences of acting without thinking.


Someone I once upon a lifetime ago worked with also learned the hard way. A fellow coworker told them that a large order was being returned, the customer was highly upset over a mistake or quality or what ever the reason they gave. It was set to arrive at  any moment. This person was high enough on the corporate ladder that it was essential they take care of the issue immediately but also that those higher than them knew. So they made the necessary contacts. Those contacts trying to contact the upset company to find out what was going on. Then they hurried to the dock to wait on the arrival. Only to moments later find out they were the victim of an April Fool’s joke. There was massive fall out from that all the way around. The creator of the joke not understanding the dominoes  they were setting into action. The primary target dealing with the embarrassment while the further up the ladder had to explain what was going on with the customer making them appear ignorant of our operations. I have no clue what punishment the perpetrator of this disaster was given.  A disaster because the victim trusted blindly and jumped without investigating further first.


Currently we are in a society on edge. There are so many volatile situations going on around us. There are too many people ready and willing to jump into the fray without seeking that further information.  Even the situations that need to be attended to, need to be examined and handled in the correct methods to earn the best results.  Ready examples are of entire neighborhoods being burned to the ground, deaths and injuries during protests gone out of any semblance of control, police being defunded, first responders being shot at, victims turned into villains and the list goes on.

If I would ask for a gift, it would be the gift of understanding why there are those who readily jump to the dark side. Why, so many seek destruction over building? Why perpetrate ignorance of education. Why the lack of understanding over finding understanding? Why hate over love? Do so many see the dark side as stronger than the light? Why demand others understand, when actions lack comprehension?

But, I would ask for deeper understanding. The knowledge of what drives the actions.

What hurt, what anger, what dissatisfaction of circumstances drives the forces to act as they do?


What pain lives within the thoughts, the mind, the heart of the hurting that drives them?


What ignorance thrives in a society that should know better?


What misunderstood, or complete lack of understanding of differences in all forms cause so many unnecessary problems?


What can I do, as an individual to learn, to understand and to share that knowledge to a point that it helps?


As a Christian, what I do understand is that a large part of the issues, is demonic. Satan and his demons are intent on feeding the misunderstandings and causing the dark side to grow and expand. No one is exempt from the possibilities, we all have the potential of stumbling and creating or in the least adding to the problems rather than helping in creating answers and resolutions.


Hate and its counterparts are strong and easily fed. Love however, is greater and can produce more lasting solutions. That leads me to this question, how to get others, to understand the concept that we can love others, even those who are different. If I could request a gift during the month of my birth, it would be understanding.

Among the different, there is purpose and beauty to be celebrated.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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15 Responses to August Second; If I Could Request the Gift of..

  1. John says:

    Great post, Rebecca. The devil and its minions are wholly responsible for the madness in this sad world. As Believers, we already know who will win this spiritual war in the end.

    • Thank you John. As Believers, we know who has already won. This simply has to play out. I once heard this said, why is God waiting? Why not put an end to this now, He can. Yes, but He is also waiting for all that will come to Him to come.

  2. oh so true!! So glad our faith is in God Amen , Great post!

  3. leendadll says:

    As clarity (with me taking neither side), Defund The Police does not mean “get rid of police”. It means “reduce police funding in order to fund other social support services and training”. The wording is, in my opinion, a bad choice – caused substantial misunderstanding.

  4. Humans add to darkness when we don’t try to understand and project more anger, fear, violent acts, and others into the world.

  5. Thank you for sharing a post that is badly needed. Yes, people are in the edge. Kindness, understanding, impatience is getting extinct as people loose themselves to this pandemic. The only way to heal is to care more and be selfless, something that seems harder every year. Take care.

    • Thank you for your visit and kind words. I agree, with everything that we have struggled with, it can and does become difficult to understand all that is going on. I believe, that we all need to find a moment to stop, take a really deep breath and find that caring that is quickly becoming covered with the frustrations.

  6. Good thoughts! I’m not making a joke when I say I understand what you’re saying-I really do. If you dont mind me saying or sharing two things I’ve learned. The first issue is that people have always had a problem with the truth. Some of us search for it while others dont even want to hear it. The second issue is deceit or deception. Deceit doesn’t win in the end but it makes the here and now confusing. You have to really know what you want and what you’re looking for and you cannot be wishy washy. Good luck and stay light hearted on your journey. ❤

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