Ruth: For you have shown more kindness at the end than at the beginning, in that you did not go after young men, whether poor or rich.
Acts: And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.
Jeremiah 38: Please put these old clothes and rags under your armpits, under the ropes. So they pulled Jeremiah up with ropes and lifted him out of the dungeon.
Luke 7: …she washed my feet with her tears
The Wizard of Oz told the Tin Man: “Back where I come from there are men who do nothing all day but good deeds. They are called phila… er, phila… er, yes, er, Good Deed Doers.” It seems the Scriptures are filled with stories of good deed doers – there are the unnamed who show hospitality to strangers, foreigners who show mercy to their enemies, defenders who rise up to protect the weak, and even women of ill repute who use their only resource, their own tears and hair, to bathe One condemned.
These are vignettes of God’s love for His children. I don’t always feel that love; I sometimes stay ‘up in my head’ with my thoughts, worries, frustrations, and seemingly unsolvable problems. desperation sends me spiraling. I’m in the mire, like Jeremiah stuck in the king’s dungeon with only strands of hope – too afraid to believe. Or maybe I am just confronting my sinful self, believing that I cannot hope for rescue from the decisions that catapulted me headlong into this pit.
How many times will God forgive my faithlessness and my performance based understanding? Why would He, and hope beyond hope, when will He move in my favor? Will I recognize the life boat? Will I take the hand offered to pull me up out of the mire? Will I change direction when the signs clearly point away from the path I am on? If the answer is “No,” to these questions, then I will have lost my testimony of needing my Savior which leaves me with nothing to give to another. I always want to be the giver. I do not want to be the recipient. To be a good deed doer, however, one must also know how to receive from others this love of God. Therefore, I can accept the hardships as opportunities of how to rely on God so that I can humbly give to others what I humbly have received.