Close your eyes and envision a time in your life where things haven’t been so great.
The lowest of low
Often those moments we bring upon ourselves because we’re what???? WE’RE HUMAN. (Don’t jump my ace. I said often as in sometimes. NOT ALWAYS.) And, we make terrible, reckless, thoughtless, selfish decisions that, at times, impact our lives drastically.
But, somehow in the deepest, darkest hole of the well we’re trapped in … Someone walks in love, reaches their hand toward you and helps you up off the ground. They’re like your breath of fresh air. Your oasis in the desert. Your warm embrace of sunshine when you’ve felt so frigid cold for so long.
Now, think about who that might have been. Think about the smallest act that may have saved you from your circumstance. Think about the most generous thing bestowed upon you when you knew you deserved nothing.
THINK ABOUT IT, SOAK IT IN, LET IT RESIGNATE THROUGH YOUR SYSTEM. (Because we’ve all been there even if you say you haven’t. I just happen to be open and honest enough to admit it.)
There are so many situations within my life where I can pinpoint gestures of kindness that have significantly helped redirect my crummy circumstance. A friend offering a ride, a family allowing me a place to stay, a random stranger paying for my meal, my extended family paying for my gas, an employer giving me an extra bonus, a church leader listening and understanding my imperfections, a mother silently crying but face 2 face, boldly praying over my life.
Which leads me to this …
At the beginning of November, I was asked by a friend for a favor. A pretty extreme favor. A favor not to be taken lightly. A favor that could radically impact a young girls life as well as the life of her 18 month old daughter and the child soon to be born within her womb.
A favor for a young girl who was so close to the age of a child that it took my breath away.
She was a baby, with an 18 month old baby and she was about to birth another baby.
Oh, sweet Jesus.
She had nothing. Absolutely nothing. No clothes. No blankets. No food. No diapers. No place for this baby to sleep.
NOTHING. NADA. ZERO. ZILCH.
In that moment, the rational “human nature” side of my brain could have started spinning like a rabid hamster wheel. It could have started throwing accusation, blame, and condemnation in the direction of this young girl. Questioning every bit of reasoning on why “I” had to help. Why it was “my” job to fix this.
Afterall, it’s not my problem, right?
It only took a few seconds for the tender voice on the inside to silence any confusion I had. It wrapped my stirring turmoil and all my troubled thoughts in a blanket, stilling the whirlwind of irritation with peace. It reminded me of this one simple fact:
Who are you to judge?
Didn’t people help you when you felt like you didn’t deserve it?
How many hands were extended to you in your time(s) of need?
Don’t harness blind judgement.
Let go of accusation.
Walk in love, Kim.
Love never fails.
That’s it. That’s all I needed. That gentle nudge catapaulted me into overdrive. I quickly messaged my friend, letting her know that I would utilize every single resource available to me. Every cotton-pickin’ source I had, to find things for this girl.
I mass texted, I plugged multiple posts on facebook, I emailed, I called. Whatever I could do, I did. Because, although I may not have all the money in the world – I could at least use my big mouth to gather things for this poor girl.
And, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh did the donations pour in.
We ended up with so much stuff, it brought tears to my eyes.
Hundreds of diapers
40 plus cans of formula
Boxes and boxes and boxes of clothing
Boxes and boxes and boxes of blankets
And, we even had some extra resources to wrap some of the new stuff so it made this young girl feel like she was getting her own presents.
And then … On, November 16, I received the sweetest picture with the sweetest caption:
“She says thank you”
Oh my GAH!
Big fat torrential downpour tears
Look at that sweet little face.
I knew. I totally without any tid bit of doubt, knew what I did was right. And with the help of so many generous people, we provided a step within this sweet young mom’s life, a bridge for these young babies to cross, when things seemed so grim for them. And, it was all because of a decision to follow the Voice of Love on this inside instead of my natural judgemental human nature.
BUT, WAIT …
Shortly after this lil’ munchkin was born, I received this short message from the friend who organized and put this plan in motion:
I’m completely blown away. Utterly Mindblown. And, this isn’t even about me. This post isn’t even about MY abilities. This post is about the decision to follow that “Nudging Voice” on the inside that continually accepts you regardless of your short comings, continually stills the storm with peace, continually reminds that His love is Perfect Love and if we choose to walk in THAT love, we’ll see through people’s imperfections. And, we’ll focus on their need. This is the Love humanity needs to thrive. This is the Love the world needs to touch so many lives.
Read between the lines, folks.
It IS hard because it naturally is dang near impossible.
But, it’s not impossible if you follow Your inner voice.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8Love Never Fails.
****This post is dedicated to the community outreach done within the walls of the http://www.streetschool.org/.
Their ability to see beauty through ashes is changing the lives of so many discarded young teenagers.
Please visit their website and contact their donation department if you feel compelled to help.
OR reach out within your own community to something you feel tugging on your heart. It’s never too late. Never. Especially during the season of giving.
LAST TIME I CHECKED, HATE NEVER WON THE RACE. BUT IN THE END, LOVE CONQUERED ALL.