Originally published Saturday, 12 May 2018.
My phone seems to have a mind of its own and inadvertently rings random people at improbable 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 called back, and we had a divinely inspired conversation.
You know those older women mentioned in Titus 2:3-5? Barb is one of those. She is unpretentious; you can share anything with her without being judged; you feel loved. We talked about parenting grown children - does it ever end? She understood what I meant. We spoke about Proverbs 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 handle.
There can be a tremendous amount of time between the early training of a child, and when they are old. In the interim, the only thing that makes sense is to pray and trust God. Motherhood not for the faint of heart, because in trusting you learn how and when to act and what to say or do. The trajectory of our children's lives may be significant; they may do everything that we have taught them that is right and good and proper. Or they may go up and down as life teaches them hard lessons. Regardless of what they go through, as a parent, we are the steady force in their lives. This dynamic 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.
Love is patient; love is kind. 1 Corinthians 13:4
Do you have Godly mentors in your life? Are you the mentor or the mentee? Do you think you're ever too old to be mentored? Are you able to share deep harrowing thoughts with friends without feeling judged or condemned?