Showing God’s Kindness

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The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.” Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.” —2 Samuel 9:3, NLT

While in graduate school, I worked as a research assistant.

Part of my work included supervising the entrance exams for hopeful students. I had to pick up the examination papers, distribute them to each student, collect the completed papers, and return them to the main office. Most of the exams took place in classrooms located on the seventh floor in a building with no elevators.

I have a physically handicapped leg—how would I ever manage? When I went to pick up the exam papers, the director, whom I had never met before, told me that he had assigned the examination to a classroom on the first floor.

It was the only classroom on the first floor! Then, about five years ago, I joined a tour to Israel. I had always wanted to go but had never had the chance before then.

The daily tour schedules were tight.

Everyone was eager to see the Bible come alive—from the shores of Galilee to the top of the mountains, including the caves, tunnels, walls, and rocks in between.

I still remember what a nightmare it was going through the Hezekiah Tunnel.

Everyone had walked on ahead of me and left me behind in the dark.

There was no turning back. I was so scared. I looked for help.

Just then, I heard a voice behind me.

For some reason, someone in our group was farther behind than me.

The voice said, “I will take your hand and walk you to the exit of the tunnel if you would like.” Needless to say, I gratefully took the hand offered to me as tears flowed down my cheeks. April 20 is a special day for physically challenged people in Korea, while in North America, April 27 is Possibility Ministries Sabbath. Let us look for ways we can support and encourage those who live with disabilities. It can be as easy as offering to hold someone’s hand as they walk through a challenging time. Trust me—your kindness will make all the difference in the world to someone who is trying hard to be brave.

Kyung Ja (Lily) Cho

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