I want to tell you a little bit about my experience of compassion given and mercy received, and it happened today.
It was really hard-driving the 25 minutes to work. I had the radio rockin’, coffee in hand and still there was this shaking inside of me that I couldn’t calm. What was my deal? So I just prayed for courage, and I asked for that peace that passes all understanding, whatever that is.
I went to the punch clock, clocked in and looked into the room to my left. There she sat! We hadn’t made eye contact in months, let a long said a word to each other. I thought, “Why are we doing this?” I walked over, laid my hand on her shoulder, and these words came out of my mouth…”Life is too short….please forgive me.”
She had seen me, right after I got the call from Dee. I stumbled through the door’s, calling for the only Rock I knew at work. But she was there, and I saw her put her hands to her mouth and shake her head in disbelief. She saw me that day. She saw and heard my pain.
She stood up, waved her hands around and with tears in her eyes, threw her arms around me and we asked each other for forgiveness. It was amazingly freeing. She withdrew from me and heard me at arm’s length. “Look at God!” she said.
So stepping out is hard to do, do it anyway! I showed compassion and mercy was given to me. Let me tell you, I was in a huge place of needing me some mercy today and didn’t even know it, but God knew.
We will be able to show others compassion because of where we are walking right this very moment.
Keep putting one foot in front of the other.