When is the last time you experienced God’s kindness? Scripture is clear about the lavish kindness of God but many of us are too busy to consider God’s kindness in our lives.
6 Places to Start Seeing God’s Kindness in Daily Life
The two-year-old dropped her lollipop at Costco.
As it hit the floor, I winced, anticipating her reaction to this mama throwing her treat away. She was already having a tough morning. In fact, the lollipop was the backup, backup plan.
Plan A and B failed. There were no more plans.
With a sigh, I prayed, ‘Lord, send help’’ and prepared to finish the trip to the familiar tune of ear-piercing screams.
I don’t know about you, but when I can’t calm my child down in public, the urge to get out now washes over me. It officially does not help to get flustered and frustrated, but that’s what usually happens. So I cut our losses by ignoring items on my list and paying for what is already in our cart.If we want to see God's kindness in daily life, we need to as for His help. #God #kindness Click To Tweet
If we want to see God’s kindness in our daily life, we need to ask for His help. When circumstances are overwhelming, painful, frustrating, or difficult, even a short whispered prayer like “Lord, send help” can open our eyes to what God is going to do next. Whether He sends a person, comfort, hope or peace, we can expect Him to answer our prayers. That is exactly what God did for me on this dropped lollipop day.
Interactions with Others
As anticipated tears and cries of protest ensued, ramping up as if she might explode, another Mom wheeled by with a girl of similar age. People generally avoid eye contact with the mom wrestling a screaming toddler. Not this mom; she paused, catching me off guard by locking eyes and flashing a giant smile.
Reaching into her purse, she asked,
Can she have another? This morning they gave me a handful at Trader Joe’s when MY daughter was screaming’.
I was suddenly mute. At my surprised nod, she handed my daughter a lollipop. I thanked her profusely as we parted.
A stranger’s kindness stopped my child’s tears and left me choking back my own.
Perhaps this mom felt God’s prompt. Maybe she had no idea she was answering my prayer for help with her simple, yet profound gesture. Regardless, through one stranger’s simple act of kindness, I felt the certain kindness of God.
God heard me.
He sees me.
God responds because he cares about the littlest problems.
And there, right in the middle of real life, God showed my us His presence. We’re taught not to take candy from strangers. However, a stranger’s gift of candy can be a gift from God.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be a stranger. More likely, God will send a neighbor, friend, or loved one in your time of need. They will comfort, encourage, show up and extend God’s kindness, whether they know they are doing so or not.
WHO has God sent to you?
In The Margin
I felt convicted after experiencing God’s kindness through a stranger; I’m often too busy to notice God’s kindness.
We need margin built into our lives in order to pause and consider God’s kindness. Life is busy! We juggle many roles. Whether it’s a paid job or volunteer position, significant demands on our time and energy exist outside the home. Further more, at home, we’re wives, mothers, friends and daughters. There are husbands to love, meals to prepare, and children to shepherd.
If we want to recognize God’s kindness in our daily life, we need to slow down enough to see it.
In the age of instant-gratification, we are much better at filling up our time than sitting still. Many of us have forgotten how to just sit and think. Instead, we pull out our devices.
Can we admit many of us ‘give’ away our thinking time without even realizing it? We surrender margin to Social Media, blogs, podcasts, and YouTube. These aren’t bad things. In fact, as a blogger, I use these platforms to share with all of you. However, most of us could benefit from putting the phone down a lot more.
Maybe you already have margin in your life. If so, share where you carve out time in the comments! For the rest of us, we need to figure out where our time goes and create a plan.
Where are we wasting time? What are we doing in the carpool line? Instead of surfing Facebook from the doctors office or couch, purposefully put the phone down. Turn off the radio and TV. It’s ok to start small!
Take 5 minutes back and recount what happened and who you’ve encountered. Look for God’s fingerprints all over your life.
God is working. Are we too busy to see it?
Regular time in God’s Word reveals God’s character and what He can and will do. As we consider who God is and what He promises, it’s hard not to recognize the kindness of God.
The Bible tells us God’s lovingkindness is great.
For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD!” Psalm 117:2
If we’re honest, we deserve no kindness from God. We sin against Him regularly, and struggle to trust Him. Yet, God chooses to show us grace, mercy, and love. His kindness towards us is immeasurably great. The culmination of God’s loving kindness is shown in lavishness of grace: His son, sacrificed on our behalf, so we could know God as our Father.
so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:7
But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,” Titus 3:4-6
God is sovereign and unbound by time. He carefully created each of us and knows us intimately. Have you ever considered what God may have created with you in mind?
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16
Nothing God does is without intention and purpose. It is not beyond His capability to design specific things in creation just for each of us.
I love to see my children delighted. It’s why I spend time making their favorite meal or treat. We are God’s children. How much more must He create for us?
Take the cup of coffee I’m drinking right now. Call me crazy, but I am convinced God created coffee with me in mind. And yes, perhaps with you and millions of others in mind too. God knew how much I’d enjoy a hot cup of coffee cradled between my hands the day begins. I believe this is true about all of the good things we enjoy. God created countless varieties of food and beverages with sweet, sour, bitter, savory and every combination of flavors under the sun. Why create so much variety if He didn’t intend to create beloved people to enjoy each of them?
Look around. Do you love nature? The variety of color in plants and animals is limitless. For a God who knows all of His creation, it’s not unreasonable to assume He knew exactly who would enjoy each thing He created. That includes you and me.
As you encounter simple pleasures in your day, consider the God who created you, and be reminded of His personal kindness towards you.
He delights in you!
When we ask God to reveal Himself, we can expect Him to show up. We can ask God to open our eyes to see His kindness and wait with expectant hope. Can we begin together?When we ask God to reveal Himself, we can expect Him to show up. #prayer Click To Tweet
Lord, your Word tells us that you are a loving and kind God. Thank you for all of the ways you show us kindness, including all the kindness we miss. Forgive us for being too busy or distracted to see your work in our lives. Open our eyes to see how you are working and to recognize the grace and mercy you extend towards us every day, and every moment. As I recognize your kindness, show me people I can tell the ways you are working in my life. And give me opportunities to extend kindness to others, as you have first showed kindness to me.
One great way to begin recognizing God’s kindness is to share our story with others. The habit of sharing God’s kindness doesn’t develop on it’s own. But as we share what God is doing with others, it will begin conversations. Those conversations glorify God and open our eyes to other ways God has been kind in our lives, and in the lives of those we are talking to.
We don’t have to wait to share our story. Let’s fill the comments with stories of God’s lovingkindness. Tell us!Who has God used to show kindness to you? Click To Tweet
- Who has God used to show kindness to you?
- What one step can you take to slow down and create margin to reflect on the day and recognize God’s kindness during daily life?
- How has God shown you kindness today? This week? Big or small?
- What simple pleasure did God create with you in mind?
- Kindness Changes Everything – Desiring God
- What Does Kindness Look Like? – Christianity Today
- Kindness Definition – Bible Study Tools