Being Misunderstood

laura.murray's picture

One of the hardest things for me is being misunderstood.  You could even say that I hate it.  To not have someone misunderstand you, misinterpret you, judge you incorrectly, etc.  Maybe it's not the misunderstanding that I hate so much as much as it is the times when there is no opportunity to clarify and bring about understanding.  I think that's it.  Misunderstanding with clarity and understanding immediately afterwards I can handle, what I cannot handle is misunderstanding with no clarity and understanding afterwards.

As I think about the times misunderstanding has happened in life without the opportunity to clarify I still want to go back and be understood.  I wonder what the root of that is.  I wonder if it is my pride making sure that I want someone to really understand where I was coming from.  I wonder if it is my attempt to control what they think of me.  I wonder if it is my desire to please people and have them like me.  Why can I not let misunderstanding go?

When I think about having to let misunderstanding go, I am not very much of a fan.  I have to remind myself of others that are constantly misunderstood with no opportunity for clarification or explanation.  I then have to think of people who welcome misunderstanding and even have the opportunity to clarify or explain and they choose not to.  Those people get me.  The Person who really gets me in that sense is Jesus. 

I think that Jesus was and is the most misunderstood person.  Being the most misunderstood and yet not demanding to be understood.  He provides opportunity for others to understand Him, but He never forces it.  It is a choice for someone to understand Him.  He provides avenues of understanding through the Scriptures, through the church and others, but He doesn't force it.

What a great reminder of humility that Jesus does not demand that He be understood, but that He provides opportunity then let's go.  So much to learn from the most misunderstood person in the world.

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