I was picking up my suit from the dry cleaner. As the owner hung my clothes on the rack next to her register, she attached a small plastic bag that contained a gray rectangular square. She looked up and smiled at me. “It is a surgical mask. We are making this and giving it for free to our customers.”
“Oh my! Thank you so much. This is so special!”
“Welcome! See you next time!”
It was a simple and beautiful act of kindness, a surgical protective mask gifted to me during the world-wide pandemic of COVID-19. Just a few months ago, such a gift would have elicited a look of confusion from myself and, undoubtedly, many others. Sometimes it takes a crisis to bring meaning and significance to a gift.
During this COVID-19 crisis, many people have performed acts of kindness for others, many of which are unheralded and unreported. Perhaps only the customers of that dry cleaner would ever know of the act of kindness the owner bestowed upon us, but I was blessed. And God sees everything.
But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Matthew 6:3-4 (NLT)
We live in a fallen world, disrupted by the corruption of sin. Yet, we are not without hope. God intervenes in this world through numerous acts of kindness that only He sees. God uses crises to bring out the very best in all of us to care for one another with the same grace and mercy that He bestows upon us.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.