“Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.”
Growing up on a farm, one of my least favorite things, especially as a kid, were the mosquitos. I hated the mosquitos, and how they bit me, especially without me having done anything to deserve being bitten. I didn’t engage the animals, these tiny little insects, except for existing within the same space as them. With that being said, I never wanted to hurt the mosquitos. I just didn’t want them to bite me. I’d often try to shoo them away, which, granted, never worked too well, but I always tried to get them to leave me alone without hurting them. I can remember pretty vividly, being seven of eight years old, and just a single mosquito, away from the swarm, landing on my arm, met being completely still, letting the insect get comfortable, and then simply pulling the bug up by the wings in my nimble fingers, and then placing it on the ground. It didn’t bite me after that. Actually, ever since, they seem to rarely bite me.
In the bible, in this specific beatitude, as well as in the Psalm which it echoes, the word meek refers not to someone who lacks strength or confidence or prowess, but someone with the humility and restraint to choose to hold that strength back. Biblical meekness is being able to refrain from the right or power to do something, and to choose to live more humbly.
Jesus, biblically, was very meek. As God in human form, he had all of the power he could’ve possibly wished for. But instead he chose to live in a more patient, humble, and meek way. This is what Jesus calls being blessed.
In yesterday’s blog I talked about those who mourn, and who mourn as a way of living in response to mourning. But I very intentionally said that prayer and discernment was important in that cycle of living and mourning. This is why. We could all protest and riot and act out, and while I will always stand by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that a riot is the language of the unheard, we cannot riot constantly. We cannot try to strong-arm our will into existence constantly. To be poor is to acknowledge God’s place in our life. God’s place lives in our very meekness, in the ability to go at full throttle, with all of our might, but knowing that the best course of action is that which allows the slow work of God to work through our own actions, to change hearts, and in turn, to change the world around us.
This is where I exercise my last words of caution. If there is action that we know must be done, we pray, and we do it. To be meek does not mean to be inactive. To be meek means to be disciplines and patient, yet silently powerful. Our strength shows through more that way.
Thank you. A.M.D.G.
My other reflections on the Beatitudes, thus far.
Also, for those wondering, I chose an image of feet washing because I feel that there is a sort of servant-ness in being meek. To be the biblical meek means to be a servant of God, but also of one’s fellow man. That is patience.
Now, I wanted to share a few videos I’ve seen very recently, that aren’t related, but I still love, and I didn’t want to write a second, disconnected post, just for them. So, here they are.
Cool, thanks. Peace.