I let my anger get the better of me the other day. Frustration set in due to several existential circumstances (last minute Christmas shoppers and a phone that would not cooperate). Twice in the same day, I lost my cool and released the Kraken on my poor wife and daughter. Apologies were made, however I felt like a real Scrooge for venting on the innocent. The thing is, once we release the dreaded beast, it’s really hard sending the creature back to the abyss. What have I done? I’m sorry! But the “Thing” just continues to tear and rip, bite, roar and spew putrid saliva everywhere. Pro. 19:11 Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.
Interestingly enough, I had just been reading the day before on the workings of a microwave oven. I became intrigued that morning, while cooking bacon, about how the microwave oven actually cooked. Turns out, items with a good amount of water molecules (coffee, corn kernels, bacon, soups, etc.) do really well. Denser objects with fewer water molecules (breads, pastas, pizza, etc.) tend to get rubbery and lose their taste. Contrary to popular belief, the microwave does not heat from the inside out, but most items have more water molecules concentrated towards the center and thus it appears so. Actually, the microwave works by intensifying microwaves (which are relatively harmless) via a magnetron. Water, fat, and other substances in the food absorb energy from the microwaves in a process called dielectric heating. Many molecules (such as those of water) are electric dipoles, meaning that they have a partial positive charge at one end and a partial negative charge at the other, and therefore rotate as they try to align themselves with the alternating electric field of the microwaves. Rotating molecules hit other molecules and put them into motion, thus dispersing energy. In short, agitation cooks food! Let us apply this example to ourselves. When we get agitated, we tend to cook, and our agitated state aggravates others around us and they begin to cook, too.
It’s because of this phenomenon among humans that God directed that we learn to be quiet, moderate, tempered, and slow to anger. James 1:19-20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; (20) for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Paul instructed Timothy, as he would continue to establish churches, appoint Elders, teach young preachers, that anger was a destructive character. 1Ti 2:8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;
Cook a thing long enough, and it will explode or destroy the instrument in which it was cooked and/or those things within close proximity. Eph 4:26-27 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, (27) and give no opportunity to the devil.
Of course the best way to keep calm and not release aggravated ions of anger is to follow the simple teaching of Paul Php 4:7-8 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (8) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Best Advice! Don’t release the Kraken!