When Jesus came into Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her. Mathew 8:14-15
My kids have gotten into the habit of gifting candy to each other for birthdays and Christmas. So, while celebrating Jocelyn’s birthday last week, it was no surprise to see Zack cross the room with a bag, pull out an enormous pack of gummy warms and hand it to her. What was surprising was he then went around the room pulling out more treats to gift to the rest of us.
None of us had expected it, nor had we asked for it. But it touched something deep within me that needed to be healed.
The deeper my boys move into the teen years, the more insensitive, self-absorbed and thoughtless they become. Not only do their choices infuriate me on a regular basis, but their lack of appreciation and the amount of selfish taking does the same. What I hadn’t realized was how all of it had become hurtful, breaking my heart in slow, small increments that must have added up.
That unsolicited, loving and thoughtful gesture on Zack’s part was like a balm to my aching heart. It gave me a glimpse of the boy I’d raised, and gave me hope that he’s still here. He just got buried under all the growing pains of adolescence.
What made it such a big moment for me was that I hadn’t prompted it. It was a direct reflection of Zack’s love for us all.
In the New Testament, almost every miracle Jesus performs is prompted by the person who longs to be healed. Yet when Jesus goes to Peter’s house, no one asks Jesus to heal Peter’s mother-in-law. That miracle was completely unprompted, and a direct reflection of Jesus’ love for Peter. I’m sure Peter knew Jesus loved him, but the healing of his mother-in-law must have touched him deeply.
Clearly, there’s a big difference between healing a sick woman and gifting a bag of candy. But the sentiment is the same. When any gesture is unprompted and inspired by love, it heals and blesses us in profound ways.
Questions for Reflection:
- Have I been the recipient of an unprompted kindness recently? How did it impact me?
- Have I extended an unprompted kindness to anyone else recently?
When any gesture is unprompted and inspired by love, it heals and blesses us in profound ways. #shiftingmyperspectiveTweet