Thursday, February 7, 2013

Not By Chance

My phone seems to have a mind of its own and inadvertently rings random people at random times; the reality is I don't know how to lock the keyboard. This morning I noticed that it had dialed Barb.  About an hour later Barb calls back and we had a divinely inspired conversation.


You know those older women that are mentioned in Titus 2:3-5? Barb is one of those. She is unpretentious; you can share anything with her without being judged - you just feel loved. We talked about parenting grown children  - does it ever end? She understood what I meant.  We talked about Prov 22:6 - training up a child .......and when they are old. I shared that sometimes I don't want to know what's going on in between the training up, and when they are old - it sometimes seems like too much to deal with.

This chart is my visual representation of Prov 22:6.  It really is just to indicate that there can be huge amount of time between the early training of a child, and when they are old.  In the interim the only thing that makes sense to do is to pray and trust God. This is not for the faint of heart, because in trusting you learn how to act, when to act and what to say or do.  The trajectory of our children's live may be great (the red line); they may do everything that we have taught them that is right and good and proper. Or they may go up and down (the black line), as life teaches them hard lessons. Regardless of what they go through, as a parent we are the steady force in their lives. This mimics our spiritual relationship with our heavenly father - doesn't it?

Barb listened; she understood as she has been there herself. She told me to keep praying and trusting God. There's so much I'm learning about myself in this season of life - I'm glad my phone dialed Barb.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 (NIV)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy ... 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
Wounds from a friend can be trusted ... Proverbs 27:6 (NIV)


Do you have Godly mentors in your life? If you are female - are you the mentor or the mentee? Do you think you're ever to old to be mentored? Are you able to share deep harrowing thoughts with friends without feeling judged or condemned?

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