A picture of grace.

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Another post for the wonderful She Reads Truth, #SheSharesTruth

I used to recite my Awana memory verses to her. I was 5.

We lost touch.

I’m 26 now. (Today actually!:))

She’s the only Biblical Counselor in the area.

I’m studying to be one.

Last fall I attended a retreat she spoke at. By God’s sovereignty, she offered to meet and mentor me, and I agreed (honored, of course!)

This relationship, it was divinely orchestrated. Actually anything reflecting a discipleship or mentor relationship is part of that master plan. That master plan to mold us and shape us and refine us and change us and encourage us and grow us into the image of His Son. To teach us to live lives that honor the King.

Interwoven grace to help save us from ourselves.

Another picture of that redemption work. That work on the cross that touches every aspect of life.

There’s reason, there’s beautiful purpose for those relationships. Loving guidelines, love soaked truth, steering us from our natural tendencies.

We see a glimpse of one in Titus 2.

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:3-5 

I’m not married, I don’t have kids. It’s only partially a Titus 2 relationship for me. But it is a perfect relationship for the phase God has me in. And I am thankful beyond words.

I look forward to every coffee date. Our conversations about life never fail to encourage and bless. Conversations about counseling leave me inspired, educated, and hopeful.

Her love for the Lord is nothing short of what I strive for.

And when life encouragement is needed, she’s there.

Recently, after struggling with a couple difficult and painful relationships, she wisely spoke these words to me:

“It was a tool. They were tools. Those people. That time period. Meant to refine you. It was all for a purpose, a specific, divine purpose. Part of His story. No more, no less. And now He is finished using those tools.”

“He cast that drama with those chosen characters and it was not a mistake.” (More on this here.)

I could almost physically feel my burden lift with those few, divinely ordained, spoken words.

Perhaps the Lord is so gracious to give us just what we need in the moment, in the season. The person, the words, the encouragement.

Perhaps His love for us and knowledge of us extends far beyond our own.

Perhaps His grace is abounding far more than we will ever know or see.

Perhaps community, the body of Christ is far more important than we will ever understand.

It may not look like another’s grace-moment. The words, the person, the encouragement, the relationships are different, because the stories are different.

But it’s perfect.

This sovereign plan, this work of the Holy Spirit in her life, in my life.

This grace.

This gift. These gifts.

Leaves me awe-struck.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

They come in the most unexpected forms at the most unexpected times, amen?:)

The perfect forms at the perfect times.

When we don’t even know what we need. When we don’t  even realize we need it.

What perfect gifts at the perfect times has He blessed you with whether it be words, a person, or otherwise?

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6 thoughts on “A picture of grace.

  1. You have a beautiful blog here! I’m right next to you at She Shares Truth this week. What a blessing to have a godly and gracious mentor in your life.

  2. I was a bit heavy hearted when I read your words “This relationship, it was divinely orchestrated. Actually anything reflecting a discipleship or mentor relationship is part of that master plan. That master plan to mold us and shape us and refine us and change us and encourage us and grow us into the image of His Son. To teach us to live lives that honor the King.”
    I had a long term mentor relationship with a woman I highly esteemed in the Lord. I was terribly mislead for many years. I finally felt cornered trying to live out her interpretation of scripture. I finally left my husband and her as well. It has been almost three years. I am seeing my lack of discernment and unwillingness to challenge her a big reason I was stuck for so long.
    I tried to apply ” in the multitude of counselors there is safety” from Pr. 11:14. I found myself more confused trying to discern who to listen to.
    I appreciate and enjoy your post, thank you

    • Hi Diane,

      I am so sorry to hear that. That does sound incredibly painful and confusing. We see something similar in Job–his counselors too, were terribly misleading and incorrect in their advice and “comfort.” Unfortunately, as with anything influenced by the fall, God’s wonderful gifts can be tainted and dirtied by the fall. It sounds like that may have been what happened in this case as well. I wish we could sit and chat over coffee, but for now, please know I will pray for you. Might you continue to grow in God’s grace….as He teaches you, molds, and transforms you through that difficult trial. Might He shower you with His grace and love as you dig deep into the Scriptures, learning and growing under the counsel of the all-sufficient Scripture (2 Peter 1:3)–what a beautiful gift it is to have in spite of human failings. Thank you for sharing your heart, sweet sister. Blessings on you.

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