(This post is for my two Valentines: my wife and my daughter.)
My daughter is only 9 years old, but she already loves being a young woman. Last Christmas, she asked for a bread making machine and a sewing machine. Now, my wife is a great wife, but she does not make fresh bread (well, she does now), nor does she sew. But, my daughter loves these things. She also loves to knit and make cards for people (she did learn this from my wife).
A couple of evenings ago, we had the privelege of hosting some new friends in our home. Two of them were a young couple, only married for a short time. My daughter latched onto the young wife. She was very gracious and kind to my daughter, listening to her stories and looking at everything my daughter brought her.
I loved this image! Here was my daughter, “sitting at the feet” of an “older woman”. Whether my daughter realized it or not, she was seeking discipleship. She was seeking the friendship of an older woman, someone who could teach her what it means to be a young woman and a wife. This is not something that we have discussed with our daughter. I believe that this is something that the Spirit of God normally works in the hearts of his children: a desire to grow and to be nurtured by a more mature saint; to learn to follow Jesus from someone who is a few steps farther down the road; to listen to the voice of wisdom that comes from Scripture and experience.
My daughter has also had the chance to “sit at the feet” of another young woman: Leah. You may have seen comments by Leah on my blog. She blogs at “Our Payneful Memories“. Besides spending time with my wife, Leah has also spends time with my daughter, even picking her up from our house and sharing her life as a new wife and mother.
I pray that God will provide our daughter with many, many more opportunities to learn from his saints. She is already learning from the best disciple-maker that I know: her mother. From her mother she has learned what it means to care about people more than schedules or agendas.
I thank God for disciple makers like my wife and Leah and the other young woman I mentioned earlier. I also thank God for the work he is doing in my daughter’s life through these godly women.
Has God birthed in your heart a desire to learn from one of his children who may be more mature than you? If so, then seek to grow with them by sharing their life with them. Has God surrounded you with people who are less mature? Then share your life with them and teach them how to follow God by example as well as by word.