I love when God surprises me. It happens quite a lot. There are times when the Lord brings things into my little by little. He moves so gently that I don't even realize it. Remember this pacesetter post? I guess it's time to put my money where my mouth is...
Today, I met with a young woman who wants me to be her mentor. I was blown away when she asked me. What a huge responsibility. My first (unspoken) response was, "Who me? What do I have to offer?" (That's been my enemies favorite lie. I will fight it all my life.) But as I prayed about it, I realized that God has been preparing me for this for many years. I even found a book on my shelf about women's mentoring ministry that's been there for about 12 years....unused.
With all that's going on in my life, will I really be able to give what's needed to keep up my end of this relationship? I must trust that this is God's timing. He will enable me to give what He wants me to give. He is my resource. He is my strength. Any fears I have about being a mentor come when I'm thinking about using my strengths, my knowledge, and my ability. That wont do this sweet woman any good. It's in taking what our gracious Lord has given me, and passing it on. Why learn all those hard lessons? Not just for my own benefit. They become blessings when I can share them with others.
“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me!
Anyone who believes in me may come and drink!
For the Scriptures declare,
‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”
- Jesus, from John 7:37-39 (NLT)
If the Lord's Spirit is within me, but there's no out-flow, I become a stagnant pool like the Dead Sea. The life giving water will turn to death, benefiting no one. It's my hearts desire to let Jesus's living water flow through me and into another. Not only do I benefit, but so do those around me. What a better way to build the Kingdom of God.