Kind and Tenderhearted God

Kind and Tenderhearted God

This is Lora Brock, Supporter Relations Associate at SVPS.

My youngest daughter and I recently took a day trip to New York City. I don’t care for driving long distances, so we took a bus. The Big Apple offers far more things than we could fit into one day–but, staying more than a day was not an option, so we needed to make it back to our bus on time or we’d be stuck in the city. The bus got us there safely, and off we went! We hustled and bustled through the city, checking off one attraction after another. We were so enamored with New York that we lost all track of time and before we knew it, we found ourselves in a crisis! Our bus was to pick us up in 15 minutes, but we were nowhere near the bus stop! We began to run, though we knew we’d never make it in time. I lifted up a desperate prayer, “Jesus, I made a huge mistake…I need Your Help.” Then, I saw a rickshaw bike and driver. We jumped into his cart, explained our dilemma, and he got us to our bus in a New York heartbeat.

As I looked back, I wondered to myself, “Why didn’t I track our time better?” Shame flooded my mind. Quite frankly, I was disappointed in myself. But a loving word from a friend countered all my harsh internal criticism. She said, “…you simply became distracted.” She was right. In my childlike enjoyment of the city—that’s what happened. But my Heavenly Father provided a solution for my mistake.

God provides good solutions for our clients, too, when they find themselves in difficult situations. For example – 20-year-old Adrienne faced an unintended pregnancy when she was single and still in college. She came to us for support, and we were able to point her to Jesus, who was working all things together for her good. In her testimony video (which you can find on the SVPS YouTube channel), Adrienne says, “Out of my mistake came a beautiful baby girl, and I am very blessed to have her in my life. I couldn’t see it any other way.”

I love how Psalm 130 verse 8 reads in the Passion Translation: “Lord, you’re so kind and tenderhearted to those who don’t deserve it and so patient with people who fail you.” Aren’t you and I eternally grateful to have a Heavenly Father who expresses His kindness towards us, even though we don’t deserve it? We have all been created for Him.