I received a great gift this week.
The gift of a dear friend's time, offered with love.
After nearly two years of traveling on the road with her husband, my friend, spiritual mentor, and devoted prayer warrior Bobbi returned to Colorado full of adventure and stories to share. We sat and talked for hours face to face once again.
During our time apart when Wifi allowed, Bobbi would send me texts to remind me that she was thinking of me and praying for me and my family. Those messages seemed to pop up on my screen at just the right time. Timely but not coincidental. She would send prayers for me that answered a need of mine in that moment. Our hearts are intertwined by God's love and allowed us to connect even though we were miles apart. Meeting in person though was so much richer.
Bobbi and I met nearly five years ago at a women’s Bible study before my life turned upside down. Since then, she has faithfully walked this journey with me and prayed for me and my children at times when we didn’t know how to pray for ourselves. It’s these kinds of people in our lives who intervene and intercede to lift and encourage us, who empower us beyond our own strength.
Bobbi and I connected instantly when we met, you know those people that you just click with instantly? Bobbi is more than a decade older than me, has raised her two girls, and is a devoted wife and mother. She battles physical ailments, including progressive blindness since she was young, and yet she never complains. She’s radiant with God‘s love and excitement for life.
With nearly 50 years of life perspective now, I’m understanding the importance of those who are older, wiser and have greater life experiences, who can greatly enrich my life. Bobbi is one of those people, who is willing to share her life lessons with me on numerous topics such as love, faith, adventure, and risks. I sit, listen and try to absorb each word. Just like our time together this week, I felt that I was listening to somebody who has been there and is a wise sage pouring out life‘s lessons.
Bobbi’s sight diminishes each year. But her other senses are so keen, particularly her listening ear for the Lord. That’s one of my greatest life lessons from her. Above all else, listen for God‘s leading and keep your eyes on him. And be a good friend and encouragement to somebody else. Because it’s not about me.
I want to be that light and inspiration to someone else and perhaps my greatest opportunity is with my children and friends today; perhaps it's with a stranger tomorrow, a divine appointment like the day Bobbi and I met. I encourage you today to show gratitude to someone irreplaceable in your life. Let them know what they mean to you. And perhaps now is the time when your gifts and inspiration could make all the difference to someone else. Be on the lookout. God works in miraculous ways.
“Likewise you younger men and women, be subject to your elders and seek their counsel; and all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.”
1 Peter 5:5