As we turned to leave the church, Rev. Lindner called me up front. He offered me the fishing pole as the second place prize. I was elated! Evidently someone had told Rev. Lindner that I had been working all week for the fishing pole, and he was compassionate enough to care about a little girl’s desires.
Looking back at Rev. Lindner, I think of his compassion as being similar to the compassion the Lord shows me: that which offers me the “desires of my heart.”
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 NIV)