Thursday, December 2, 2010

She Loved Her Enemy


Hey Y'all!


It was her reaction that alarmed me...not what had happened to her...but what she did that sent BIG RED LIGHTS flashing off in my head screeching...


"Warning Pamela Robinson! Warning! Warning!"


As I questioned her further, she started crying and the whole story poured out like a flood.
My Zoie was being bullied!


Pause...while I once again retract my mother bear claws and calm my temper back down from just thinking about this!


There much better...had to settle my flesh down by reminding it that God has already handled this HIS way.


The next morning I went straight to the principle. Zoie and I also talked with each of her teacher's....everyone was on notice. Everyone was watching. She did it again and then "The Bully" was put on notice.


Two weeks passed with no bullying...nothing between the two girls.


The Christmas Choral Concert was just a few weeks away, and they were holding auditions for solos and duets. Zoie was one of the first to sign up. The auditions would take place over several days...but slots were limited. The second day of the auditions, the bully decided she too would like to audition. No open slots. Mrs. O'Neal asked the class if anyone would be willing to give up their audition slot for this girl to have a chance.


Ok, pause to wipe tears...


Without hesitation, Zoie raised her hand and gave up her slot for her bully. What you need to know is that she knew that could possibly mean...she would not get to sing. The very thing she loves doing as much as breathing, SHE GAVE UP FOR HER ENEMY!


I am both proud and in awe of that kind of willingness to sacrifice.


The bully auditioned...stunned at Zoie giving up her spot for her. Then she backed out again the next day. Zoie asked her, "Why?"


"Because I'm too scared. I don't think I sing good enough."


"You have a very pretty voice, don't give up...give it a try." Zoie offered.


Her enemy looked at her then said "You are only saying that Zoie because you are my friend. Thank you Zoie."
From enemy to friend by one action---one sacrifice. Isn't that what Christ did for us? "While we were yet sinners Christ died for us."


Jesus tells us to love our enemies. I've heard testimonies of this from people who have loved those who experienced enemies on a big level..such as loving someone who has murdered a loved one. Elizabeth Elliot going back and serving the tribesmen who killed her husband for example.


This was my first time to see it in the everyday. Which as most of you know is the hardest place to practice and live God's truth.


The concert was Tuesday night and Zoie sang beautifully! She is truly a beauty don't ya think?
Inside and out! I think she favors her FATHER.
Love ya
Pamela

12 comments:

Jim Robinson said...

Okay, stick a fork in me, I'm done! What a sweetheart, just like her mama! I'm claimin' Zoie as my niece!
Love, Jim

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! So glad I came by here and read this wonderful story about your daughter!! If you don't mind, I want to read it to the ladies Sundays school class that I teach. I'm teaching a Bible study called "Forgiveness: A Prescription for Peace" and this will be a great example in real life!!
And you are right...she is beautiful inside and out !!

Marilyn...in Mississippi

LynnSC said...

Wow Pamela... What an awesome testimony!! I know that you are so proud of her.

And... by the way, we miss you terribly at Bible study.

Love you!
Lynn

Pinkshoelady said...

To Jim...Uncle Jim you already are!!!!

Marilyn...I would be honored and so would Zoie. She says it was God loving through her. So I know HE will be honored too.

Lynn...I miss y'all too. Praying I can do the next one.

Nichole said...

OH Zoie...from a 33 year old heart I have A LOT to learn from you my sweet girl...I am hugging you tight right now. You are so beautiful...because our Jesus shines brightly through. You have taught me in this moment to choose His way everytime...grace and love...its how we 'win' them for the Kingdom. Zoie you precious Jesus loving girl have made heaven rejoice. You are the apple of His eye. I love you!

ps thank you Pamela for sharing her with us!

The Parson's Wife said...

Sweet indeed. Thank you for sharing!

Lea said...

Zoie, Zoie..... GOD BLESS YOU ALL OVER SWEET LIL SISTER! Thank you for reminding me how to really LOVE. Thankyou Pamela for sharing this story with us! I hope I never ever forget it!
holykisses to you both,
Tonight on facebook I posted Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.-- your light so shines*

Mariel said...

very sweet!! So glad to meet you in the blog world!! I look forward to dropping by soon! :)

Toia said...

This made my heart melt!!! This is a great testimony for all young and old. Thanks for sharing!!

I stopped by your blog because I noticed your name on two of the blogs I follow. God prompt me to stop by and Im glad I did. I am officially a follower!!

Blessings to you!!

Sarah said...

What a beautiful story and a delight to meet you tonight.

Also wanted to invite you friend to a to a water buffalo party for India. No formal wear required, just stop by and visit

http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2010/12/all-i-want-for.html

Be blessed bunches,
Sarah

Beverly said...

What an example your little Zoie is becoming for "all" of us...Happy New Year!

Beverly said...

What an example your little Zoie is becoming for "all" of us...Happy New Year!