Unexpected Kindness. It’s what we drove up to on Saturday afternoon. We were headed back home from our beach trip. We were tired of being in the car. We were not excited about unloading all of our stuff. We were kind of hungry with no good food in the house. The kids were DONE with being in the car. We made our way down the road and went to turn in and saw this:
These beautiful flowers were on our porch, along with a lot of fresh mulch in our beds that had been filling up quickly with weeds. Tall weeds. Ugly weeds. The porch hasn’t had flowers on it since we moved in a year ago! It was so pretty! My porch has never been so inviting.
We were totally blown away. I was, in particular, because I knew God had ordained this. You may think that is crazy, but let me explain. First of all, Josh and I have this house up for sale…and we are about to have to put the other house up for sale as well. And that is all fine by us, but it is not fun for us. Lots of mental, emotional and spiritual energy has been used throughout the past four months or so. We are the better for it, this I know. So we were at the beach with my family resting, relaxing, enjoying some down time. I was able to enjoy early morning sunrises while opening my Bible and studying the book of Ruth. This very morning I had opened up to do the study and read the title, “Unexpected Kindess.” I read about the kindness of Boaz to Ruth and how it applies to the kindness of God to me. I was encouraged and humbled as I reflected on all the the Lord has provided for me and protected me from, in my very lowest of lowest times as a sinful human being. One of the author’s questions was “When was the last time someone did something overwhelmingly kind for you?” I pondered that question, but didn’t have an answer. I mean, no doubt I have had many kind things done for me or my family, but nothing was coming clear in my mind, so I just kind of moved on.
I think the Lord set me up for the answer to that question. He wanted something fresh for me to write down, and so He gave it to me through the unexpected and overwhelming kindness of friends. Of brothers and sisters in Christ, and I was so humbled and blessed.
Folks from our Sunday School class gave of their money and their time to show love to us! Even a sweet friend said she was so excited and wondered about what we would think when we drove up today! Mental energy, expended on us!
I thought of Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or vain conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves, do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
They clearly were not looking out for their own porch and yard as they were spending their time and money on mine. I was blown away by their regard for Josh and me. Praise the Lord for Christian friends who encourage us and love us…at just the perfect time. Praise the Lord for His undeserved kindness towards us, Who “while we were helpless, at just the right time, Christ died for the unrighteous.” (Romans 5:6) And add to this that I leave Tuesday for a very special trip far away. At one point I thought the timing couldn’t be any worse, but oh how wrong I was. I don’t know why exactly, but I am certain that it is the perfect timing for me to go and show some unexpected kindness to some gals I don’t even know. To look our for others interests instead of my own. To expend some energy on encouraging someone else, to be a refreshment to them, as the Lord has been to me in so many different ways.
7 thoughts on “Unexpected Kindness”
What great friends you have, but you know to have a friend you must be one. I know you and Josh are great friends to have.
I read this with tears in my eyes. I love all of you so much.
what a wonderful group of friends ya’ll have! they must love ya’ll very much!! we appreciate them being so kind and loving to ya’ll! your yard and house looks GREAT! we love all of you!! 🙂
How awesome! Just a little back from what you and Josh spoon out all the time.
This is so neat! I love to see how the Lord works in unexpected ways…little gestures that let us know that He loves us and cares about the “little” things in our lives. What a blessing those sweet friendships are, too! Email me if you get a second. I wanted to let you know about something and I don’t have your email address.
WOW…I love this…how God prepared you…tears in my eyes!!!! Your yard and porches look great. I thank God for your wonderful friends. And I’m praying for you as you head out on your trip!!!!!
Tears in my eyes as I read this too…I love how the Lord prepares us for lessons through studying His Word…and how He uses people in ways they never dreamed He would…I’m sure the “yard fairies” 🙂 thought they were just loving on you guys (which they were!) but the Lord used it to minister to you even more than that and to illustrate something that He had been teaching you about. How cool is that!?
Hey, Josh!!! I am in the Singapore airport at 1:45pm your time and 1:45am my time!!! Exhausted, but doing well. We have been on three different planes for more hours than I can recall, and we had no down time in airports to stretch our legs or anything. I shared the gospel with one 24 year old girl on the 12 hour trip. It went well, and i got her address. The turbulence was a bit scary from time to time, but no one else seemed phased by it. YOu know how i am!! Wimpy. Please kiss and hug the girls and Mack for me. I miss y’all all so much already. You are a wonderful husband…I hope your mom was able to go home today. If I get a chance to skype, I will!! If I can email from Shana’s I will do tha, but I can’t get comcast to come up here in Singapore. Love you very much.