Written by: Cindy Morrone
Going with one of our daughters to the hair dresser last week, I was delighted to see an elderly customer, hand her hair dresser a loaf of zucchini bread. Her hair dresser remarked on what a wonderful lady she is. We marveled at this woman’s kindness and how we do not see this often. Someone showing their appreciation with gifts.
The yearning in my belly rose once again to the surface that day.
I wanted and needed someone to show me such kindness.
For a plethora of personal reasons, I longed for tangible loving. Something I could see, hear and touch.
On a particular difficult morning, I received her message. She had something for me and could she drop it off after work?
This lovely had no idea what I had been going through and I did not disclose this yearning to her.
I had to my Jesus though.
In my constant prayers, I asked Him to fill my needs, to comfort me, and to heal me. Not only did He hear my prayer but He asked someone else on my behalf, to deliver a gift of kindness.
When she came to my door she said she felt silly bringing me a loaf of zucchini bread. Yes, I said zucchini bread! She explained that she had made several and when praying about who to give a loaf to, my name (Yes, MY name!!) came to her mind.
At my door, I tried to awkwardly share how much this meant to me. And she started to express that although she felt silly, it was more important for her to be obedient. She didn’t know why or how important this act was and she didn’t need to know.
She said, “I did feel a little silly, but it’s more silly to be disobedient to God! Thank you God for leading and guiding us!! I pray God will bless you and use you today!! I probably won’t know how much it meant to you but God did and I want to be used by Him!”
How often do we let our feelings of silliness get in the way of being the hands and feet of Jesus? Maybe we think the act of kindness too little, too inexpensive, too ordinary. Maybe because we don’t know the reason behind the call to action our feet stop.
The way I see it, there were (at least) 3 Gospel Truths at work in this act of kindness towards me:
- The Lord heard my prayers and answered them. “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jerimiah 29:12
- There is opportunity to serve and come alongside others. Jesus, Himself being our ultimate Servant. ‘When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”’ John 13:12-15
- Saying Yes! and doing is necessary to deliver tangible love. This lovely was ready, willing and obedient to deliver this act of kindness to me. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Thank you, lovely, Julie MacIntosh-Hough!! Again, you’ll probably never know how much your gift truly blessed me (and yet, you did it anyway)