One of the kindest things someone has ever said to me happened on a trip with a group of friends and co-workers while we were on a retreat. We were walking back to our vehicles after dinner from a restaurant on the Atlantic City Boardwalk and it was farther than I was used to walking. Our group had sort of broken into two groups and I was in the small group of those of us taking the leisurely, slow stroll back to where the vehicles were parked.
I needed to stop for a few minutes and a friend paused with me and said very gently, “would you mind if I waited with you?” I was so moved by his way of showing compassion and care. Not calling attention to my inability to keep pace with the rest of the group. Not making a big deal out of the moment. Just a quiet kindness of waiting alongside me until I was ready to move forward.
He reminded me so much of Jesus in that moment. Think about all the moving parts that God orchestrates around us every single moment! The pace of this world is enormous…and exhausting! There are times that we just need to take a beat. Press pause. Catch our breath. And it is in that moment, if we will listen, we can hear our Savior say…would you mind if I waited with you?…
2 Peter 3:9 kindly reminds us, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” Whether its a physical walk, an emotional journey, or our story of redemption and how long it takes us to finally say yes to God….we may lose patience in the waiting. But God never does. And it is His kindness that leads us to repentance.