In the lower council chambers here in the halls of Minas Tirith there was a meeting. The International Council was there. The Prince Imrahil and his wife, Legolas and his wife, Gimli and a few others were in attendance. Before the council started Legolas' wife came to me and ask if we could discuss team unity. I thought that was a good topic of discussion and admittedly we had been working separately quite a bit lately. Not a terrible thing but obviously we wanted to support each other as much as possible.
The meeting began amicably enough and we discussed a few mundane things that one seemingly must discuss in meetings like this even though everyone knows there is no eternal value or significance to any of it. Then I brought up the topic of unity. I invited Legalos' wife to speak to the several ideas she had that would help us work together better. She began to lay out the problem that we all had good ministries going on but that very few of these overlapped. We were all working separately and needed to take steps to support each other.
The Prince was the first to speak. He challenged Legalos and his wife to see that they were in fact the ones separating from the rest of us. Then Legalos responded, then his wife, then the Prince, then the Prince's wife. Each was saying things to try and hurt the other. It escalated in a matter of a minute or two. I started to intercede when one of the volleys meant for Legalos' wife hit me. I was stunned. I sat there thinking, 'I know he did not mean to insult me, but I am insulted.' I knew then that this was an attack from the evil one- and a mean one at that. I sat there reeling in anger and confusion. I knew it was not real but I couldn't say anything. The 'discussion' escalated. I looked over at Gimli. He was sitting quietly with his eyes closed and his head bowed and resting on one hand. I knew he was praying for Jesus to retake control. I knew he was praying for me.
I sat forward with my elbows on my knees and with a HUGE effort I called out, "STOP." "None of you have intended this. None of you have wanted to hurt each other. This is not from you. Let's pray." And then we prayed and then I ended the meeting. People went up to each other and offered quick apologies. Several made efforts over the next couple of days to make sure relationships were right. I was exhausted. I felt like I had just sprinted five miles. If you want to know the truth, I was tired- bone weary tired- the whole next day.
So, for your meditation today, what was it that we faced that day?
Have you faced it before? And more importantly, are you ready to face it again?