God is kind.
I have heard that saying practically my entire life; but, I’ve realized that in order for you to truly believe it, then you must experience His kindness for yourself. This past week, whenever I prayed, I found myself becoming overwhelmed by the kindness of God. In fact, just a few moments ago, I pretty much broke down in prayer, because I felt so grateful for how kind God is to me everyday of my life. The thing is, not everything in my life is great right now. There are a lot of things that I wish were different and a lot less stressful, but, each day, I can feel God reminding me to keep going. Each day, I find myself feeling a little bit stronger than the day before, and a little bit more hopeful than the day before. This is only possible because my Heavenly Father is kind.
Oftentimes, we think of God as a tyrant sitting in heaven, waiting for us to mess up; but, He is not. He is a kind Father, and I have found that it’s often the most difficult seasons of our lives that reveal His kindness to us. At least, this is the case for me. Can I tell you? If it wasn’t for the kindness of God, I would have dropped out of graduate school. There have been so many moments along my journey that I wrestled with the idea of just dropping out because it was so hard. However, in those moments, I would literally feel God speaking to my heart, encouraging me that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13) and reminding me that I am taught of the Lord (Isaiah 54:13). Because of the kindness of God, I found the courage to keep going, and now, I am almost at the finish line of my academic career. Thinking back, I can’t help but tear up, because I vividly remember many, many moments sitting in front of my laptop, feeling completely hopeless and defeated. I remember thinking that I could never overcome this giant. Yet, in His kindness, God refused to let me give up on my dreams.
I have so many more examples of how God’s kindness has transformed my life, and I wish that I can share them all with you, but this post would be way too long. Nevertheless, what I can share is that God really is kind. He is a kind Father. I have proven this over and over again in my life. In my darkest moments, He always shows me a glimmer of light. In those moments when I feel like He will condemn me, He instead welcomes me with open arms, reminding me of His love. If you find yourself doubting the kindness of God because of your present circumstances, I pray that my story is a reminder. My life is far from perfect right now, but because of God’s kindness, I can smile, and I have so much hope that better days are ahead. Sometimes, I wish that I can fully describe how dark many moments of my life were, yet, God came in and comforted me in ways that no one on the earth could. He is so kind. If there is nothing else that you get from this blog post, I pray that you know within the depths of your being that He is kind. In fact, I pray that you experience His kindness for yourself.
God is kind. Meditate on that truth today.