Be Angry and What?

If you kick a stone in anger, you’ll hurt your own foot. 
        ~ Korean Proverb
 At that time, this song
    will be sung in the country of Judah:
We have a strong city, Salvation City,
    built and fortified with salvation.
Throw wide the gates
    so good and true people can enter.
People with their minds set on you,
    you keep completely whole,
Steady on their feet,
    because they keep at it and don’t quit.
Depend on God and keep at it
    because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.
Those who lived high and mighty
    he knocked off their high horse.
He used the city built on the hill
    as fill for the marshes.
All the exploited and outcast peoples
    build their lives on the reclaimed land.
                                                                    ~ Isaiah 26:4-6
     Anger. Like a storm, anger can cause much destruction. We are allowed anger; to have it, to feel it, to direct it, but we are not permitted to allow it control.  
     My dad bought a professional punching bag and installed it downstairs.  Some nights he would come home from work, go through the usual greetings, dinner, etc, and then go downstairs and let it go.  He did not swear, (as his father did) he made up curse words that would give no clue as to what words he was thinking of using.
     He also installed a basketball hoop on the driveway, so that we could play out our anger or just play.  But his father was so angry all the time, and meted out his anger with his belt or the back of his hand, that my dad made a conscious decision to treat anger differently.  The result was that we probably went too far the other way, not seeing them fight, or express their anger with each other, but we sure knew what to do with the anger if we did not want to hurt each other.
    What do you do with your anger?  How do you give it to God?  I read the scripture, it sure looks as if the story turns out that those who trust in the Lord and keep their eyes on Him are sitting on prime real estate, fashioned by the Lord in the wake of those who are the high and mighty.
    Let’s keep our mind staid upon Him, in the eye of the storm.

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