The Kindness of Jesus
When I think about the kindness of Jesus, I immediately think of the image I saw as a child in Sunday School. It was of Jesus having the children gathered around him. I’m sure somewhere in fine print was Matthew 19:14, Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” As an adult who has felt like she’s been on the roller coaster of life, with many highs and many lows, I realize that Jesus meant that for you and me today… even as adults. Jesus wants us to come to Him, as dirty as we are, with all the problems that we have, because the Kingdom belongs to us.
If you think about how we interact with children, it’s with kindness. I am not a mother but I was a teacher of elementary school students for 6 years and I am an aunt. I know that as much as we love them, children can test every fiber in our beings… I’m currently thinking about a classroom of kindergartners two days before Christmas break. That feeling… can I get an amen? Even in those moments, teachers gather all the kindness in their hearts and begin to instruct and lead the classroom well and with kindness. Time and time again, I’ve learned that Jesus is like this in our lives. We freak out because things are going crazy in our lives or maybe things aren’t going according to our plan or the way we think they should. And Jesus has a way of getting our attention and saying, “hey girl, I see you, come to me just the way you are and I will lavish you with my kindness. I know that this isn’t your plan but it is mine and all things work together for good for those who love me. Trust me.”
In Ephesians 2, Paul tells us that God raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of His grace and KINDNESS towards us, as shown in all He has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
God expressed His grace and KINDNESS through giving us Christ Jesus and in Him, we have everything that we need. I know that in the big picture, yes, Jesus is all that we need, but what about the details? What about in the waiting for a job, a spouse, children, healing from cancer, the launch of your ministry, and all the other desires of your heart? The answer is yes. Yes, He is faithful and kind and in the details of our lives. In Psalm 37 it says that He in fact, DELIGHTS in the details. He gets joy for orchestrating and showing us kindness. Let me share with you how Jesus showed His kindness and delighted in the details of my life in one of the darkest places. Jesus left me completely in awe of Him.
On Friday nights, I am a part of an outreach that goes into some of the darkest parts of Atlanta to share the love of Jesus with women. I usually deal with a lot of spiritual warfare leading up to these nights and a couple of weeks ago it was no different. Let me start by saying that if you know me, then you know that I’m very open about my desire to be married and have children. Some days in my waiting, it’s great and I’m full force into what Jesus has called me to today, and on other days, I’m asking the Lord, “why is this taking so long?” The waiting is hard. And on this Friday afternoon, I was feeling it. I got a call that a friend was pregnant and although I am over the moon excited for her, the enemy wanted to remind me of what I didn’t have. I went to our outreach meeting spot, we prayed and went out to dinner. After dinner, I got a text from a friend saying that she was engaged. Again, I love my people and I am happy for them but I felt the enemy remind me again of what I didn’t have. That my friends are out getting engaged and starting families and here I am, headed out on a Friday night to do ministry in some really dark places. I reminded myself that this is where Jesus has me tonight.
We loaded up and went to our first stop, this place was the one where I always felt the most unwelcome. Two friends and myself made our way to the back. I started having a conversation with a girl who was struggling to wand her hair. One thing I know how to do is wand some hair. I felt the Lord urging me to ask her if I could do it for her. She let me and during that time, I learned about her and some things that she was walking through. I also had the opportunity to share how I’ve seen Jesus give beauty for ashes in my life and tell her that she was seen, known, and loved by Him. She looked at me with so much desperation for hope and I was able to share with her the transforming power of Jesus. It was one of the most holy moments of my life. Our time was up and my friends and I walked out to the car. I was still in awe at how the Lord had orchestrated that moment. On our ride to our next stop, my friend that watched the whole thing happen was processing it out loud with me and said, “Amy, it was like you were spiritually mothering her.” In that moment, my eyes filled with tears and I felt the Lord so gently remind me that I may not be a natural mother right now but that He is allowing me to be a spiritual mother to those in dark places many won’t go.
Jesus, in His kindness, lavished His love on me that night, in one of the darkest places in my city, and reminded me that I haven’t fallen off His radar. He knew that my heart was aching and yearning and so needed that encouragement and reminder. I went home that night and thought back on my life over the past twelve years, He has gifted me the opportunity to spiritually mother many, probably more than I can count.
I truly believe that Jesus delighted in the details and orchestrated that moment and night. He didn’t have to do that but He did. He is gentle and kind. He reminded me that though things may not look like what I thought they would at this point in my life, He is still good and has me right where He wants me, walking in my passions and purposes.
Thank you, Jesus for your kindness that my heart so needed that night. Praying over everyone who is reading this, that You would move and give them eyes to see the kindness You’ve lavished in their lives and how You have delighted in the details… We love you and trust you, Jesus.