Kindness Says, “Let Us Love You”
In our final chapter of Miracle at Redimere House, Mettie, the hardened street child who was rescued by Mama Addie from going to a workhouse during the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s, has undergone quite a transformation. Once a hardened, violent, thieving street child, she has succumbed to the consistent and persistent kindness shown to her by Addie. Her kindness saw beyond the immediate into the future and was propelled by hope.
I couldn’t help but compare Mettie’s change to these before and after photos of adopted dogs I found on BoredPanda.
“Adopting a pet is a big responsibility, and it will often change the life of the person adopting the pet. It will also, however, absolutely change the life of the pet being adopted as well. It may take a while for some of these pets to get back to proper nutrition, but the change in many of them is psychological, not physical. The look that appears on their face once they’ve realized that they’re going to live in a new forever home is one that probably hasn’t crossed their face in a very long time.”
Love, demonstrated through consistent and persistent kindness, is powerful. But it takes time. Adoptions, whether children or pets, are more often of babies or toddlers and puppies than older kids or dogs. That’s largely because the older we get, the more exposure we have to people, and if that exposure has been harsh, we carry with us a distorted view of relationships. We do what we can to protect ourselves which can include all kinds of negative behaviors, as we have seen in our story with Mettie. But one person, Mama Addie, did not turn a blind eye. Kindness, godly kindness especially, is unable to do nothing. It must respond. Kindness does not only look at the immediate, outward behavior or appearance, but has the ability to see what could be and, out of compassion and oftentimes empathy, will act. Though it can be costly and painful in the process, the rewards can also be extremely satisfying. Mama Addie would not give up. She worked tirelessly to break through the hard shell Mettie had created for herself. She did not lose hope that one day Mettie would let her and the other girls love her. And it worked!
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” Galatians 6:9,10
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