The Kindness of the Son
There are two types of people in the world. There are the ones who always stop to grab a grocery cart on their way in the store, even if they might not need it. And then, there are the ones who never get a cart, even when they know they will most likely need it. I fall in the latter category. I am the grocery shopper with way too much in my arms and leaving a trail of neglected dropped grocery items down each aisle I walk. I am the grocery shopper with beads of sweat gathering on my nose as I pray the bagger moves a little faster, before my eggs fall from my underarm grip. I am the grocery shopper the others look upon and think, “that poor girl, she should have just gotten a buggy.”
While this is normally the case, today it wasn’t. Today, I knelt down to pick of the bag of almonds that had slipped from my pinkie’s grip, and as five other items fell as I retrieved them, a woman stooped to help me gather it all. We both stood, and as I went to thank her, she said, “wait here.” I stood by her barely-filled-cart and watched as she walked to the entrance of the store and grabbed another cart. She pushed the cart in front of me and said, “I think this might help.” For the rest of the afternoon, I was continually reminded of her kindness and her willingness to go out of her way for me. She gave up her time for me.
The Lord gave up his Son for us. And, as we are called to be like Him, we are called to sacrifice for one another. But, we live in a world that is not characterized by this. Which is why these glimpses of His kindness remain so prominent in our minds.
How many thousand of times have shoppers walked past me over the years and continued down their shopping lists without stopping to even notice me there holding my groceries with my teeth, elbows, and fingers. It is the moments of kindness that stand out to us, because it is much more often that we are too consumed by our own lives that we acknowledge these opportunities for kindness.
Our political landscape is not one filled with kindness and love. Words of hate and destruction are launched and rooted at our nation's capital each and every day. But, we cannot blame our leaders when these same words are spilled in office meetings, behind closed doors about co-workers, on social media sites, by news anchors, coaches, and towards our own spouses.
This worlds is not characterized by kindness. It is instead characterized by our tunnel-vision, self-obsession, and self-focused fueled daily lives.
We have neglected, at times, ignited and spread hatred like a wildfire. And it is these brief moments of kindness when the darkness and smoke clears, and we are able to see the Son.
For as long as the fires burn, the flames will grow, the smoke will continue to rise and the darkness will endure.
You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. - 1 Thessalonians 5:5