What does Lovingkindness look like?Posted: November 14, 2010
I’ve been studying examples of lovingkindness in the Scriptures. I want clear understanding of what I am looking for throughout my day, now that my goal is to give Him thanks for His lovingkindness.
So today I made notes on what lovingkindness looks like and I came to the story of Abraham’s servant looking for a wife for Isaac. He prayed that God would give him success and show him lovingkindness…and He did. His lovingkindness led him to the well and to Rebekkah, who became Isaac’s wife.
One way lovingkindness is demonstrated is through guidance.
Well. We’ve been looking and praying about a vehicle. We have not wanted to take matters into our own hands and have not felt peace about anything we have come upon up to this point.
But last night, as John was driving home from practical missions, he saw a van for sale on the side of the road at the lawyer’s office. A 2008 Chevy Uplander, 62,000 miles, still under warranty.
He talked to the gentleman. $9995.
This morning he and the neighbor, a mechanic, went down to test drive it. As they left, I got on my knees and prayed, “Lord, You show Your lovingkindness to your people through guidance and direction, and we need Your guidance in buying this van. If this is Your will and this van is ours, please let us know. Please give John confidence and direction as he goes today.”
About 20 minutes later John returned and said, “Well, we’re getting a van. I told the man we want to buy it.”
John and the gentleman had negotiated and settled on $9500 and John told him he would be down there on Monday morning with the check.
As John was leaving, the man asked him, “Did you used to live around here?”
John said he did. The man asked, “Did you used to pastor a church that met in Savon’s?”
John said yes, and the man said, “We visited your church and you came to visit us at our house.”
John apologized for not recognizing them and the gentleman said, “The pastor who came after you visited us as well and told us that you went on the mission field.”
“Yes, we’ve been there for eight years and are back now for school.”
They chatted a bit more then John left.
A couple hours after they left, we get a phone call.
“John, it’s Mr. Garrison. My wife and I have talked about this and we want to give you this car. We want you to come on down and get it.”
What can I say??!! The family loaded up and we went down to meet this couple who had just given a $10,000 van to a family they didn’t know.
Talk about the lovingkindness of the Lord! I guess not only did He provide the guidance and direction we needed, He provided the whole kit and caboodle.
I just don’t know what to say other than Praise the Lord! His lovingkindness is everlasting.