Hello my friend,
Welcome to the 57th installment of The Creative Journey, the experience of one Charles Yerkes, Eadarian Poet, perpetuator, and otherwise mildly creative and excessively modest personage.
MEEK not mousy:
A mousy person can be easily provoked, true they may run and hide, but wise men beware of the fearful and the mousy because there is no logic, no telling when or how, behind the times they choose to explode and reek havoc on those around. Mousy people can seem patient under injuries because they fear to express what they feel, their anger and their hurt, but these do not get vented and do not go away. And, as with anything which is suppressed, the pressure of holding it in builds until an explosion happens. Hurting many more people than the mousy person ever meant to harm and perhaps even more severly than intended.
And the mousy can be very vain, haughty, and resentful. Arrogance no matter the reason for it is still arrogance. And even the most mousy of persons (as strange as this may sound) can become arrogant concerning their level of mousy-ness.
Their vainness / haughtiness comes from just how not arrogant and boastful they feel they are. They become vain about their mousy-ness and very resentful of all who are not as mousy as they, or who they perceive as not being “meek” enough.
I’m not saying… no, I am saying that while someone who could be described as mousy can be meek, they may just be mousy. And more importantly, that someone who is meek need not be mousy. That being mousy and meekness are two different things.
To further this thought I turned to a text, other than the dictionaries, which most of us in the western world quickly bring to mind when we hear the word meek. This of coarse being the text known as The Sermon on the Mount, or sometimes referred to as The Beatitudes.
Regardless of your religious or nonreligious beliefs, (For this is only a foray into what possibilities exist for a meek person to also be a bold and daring one; a non-mousy one.) this text will prove most helpful in expounding on meanings to meekness.
This text comes from the book of Matthew chapter 5, verse 5. “Blessed are the meek…” Was this really saying, “Blessed are the mousy, the deficient in spirit and courage, the spineless…”?
I have found some very interesting information while researching this. The first of which comes from Webster’s 1913 Dictionary. As mentioned earlier, this definition was: Mild of temper, not easily provoked; patient under injuries; not vain, haughty, or resentful; forbearing, submissive. ~ Moses was very meek. Num. 12:3.
Besides the fact that a dictionary used a Biblical example for illustrating it’s definition, which in this day and time is… intriguing; it highlighted a Biblical use of meek that can shed light on the usage of it in Matthew.
Moses – a very meek person – was the leader of a young nation, one breaking free from hundreds of years of slavery to one of the most powerful nations of that day. Standing up to the Pharaoh, the one who all Egyptians, including the Pharaoh, considered a god, took something more than a “deficiency in courage”.
This man led the nation and kept them together for over forty years – ruling, judging, teaching, guiding, and establishing a governing system. Overcoming fears, complaints, revolts, and much more all the while sojourning through a desert. This hardly aligns itself with the image of a mousy, spiritless coward. Yes there is the whole aspect of God helping Moses, leading Moses, giving him the strength to do what had to be done, and we may or may not touch more on this later, for I have learned that meekness in the Bible has to do with an attitude toward God, but at present, that is beyond the scope of this blog. Though I will mention, it is worth noting that there are many who will confirm that letting go and letting God takes tremendous courage and some daring, what some will call faith (also, that courage and strength may not be evident in how we feel while letting go, and the courage to proceed very often means proceeding even while we still know fear concerning the progression.). Now, if I’m not careful I’ll digress and veer away from our current topic; for the concept of courage in the face of our fears is a lengthy topic all its own.
To be continued…..
Grow in peace my friends,
Eadarian Poet, Perpetuator, Photographer, and Fiddle Player
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