We hear so much about the “Proverbs 31 Woman”. She has become so popular there are companies named after her, and even a workout program for Heaven’s Sake! She is in the face of every Christian woman, used properly and beautifully sometimes, and sometimes manipulated as an unreachable bar set before the Church, leaving women with yet another scar of insecurity in a world rampant with those who are more than willing to beat her down.
But my focus is not the P31 woman today, but another, extremely valuable, but often overlooked woman. Today my thoughts and dreams drift toward the New Testament, the Titus 2 woman.
Titus 2:4- “Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
Recently my heart has given itself over to a longing. Deep in my spirit I have a need, a burning desire, a passion, and so I set my feet upon a journey, a mission on which I do not know exactly what I am looking for, but I feel I will know it when I see it.
I’m looking for a mentor, a spiritual grandmother. I’m looking for an older woman, close in proximity, who is willing to speak into me spiritually, to step up and wrap their arms around me and point me to the cross. I’m looking for a friend, one or more steps ahead of me in life, one whom I can confide in and trust. I see sweet tea and cookies at a kitchen table, talking, sharing, and pouring: pouring of one, more experienced life, into a younger, less-wise one.
Where Is She? It’s exciting, the journey to find her. It’s also exhausting. I find myself peeking around every corner, as if a child amid a game of “hide and seek”, asking myself, “Could that be her?” The most exciting part of this road so far is all of the amazing women I am meeting along my travel as I seek her out.
Older women, are you ready to step up? Younger women, are you ready to receive?
I do not refer to “older” as an age necessarily, but a spiritual walk. If you are walking along the path with Christ, whom are you pouring in to? Who is pouring into you? If you are not getting at least one of those there’s a swamp somewhere, and swamps stink. The insight and wisdom gained by the preceding disciple’s years of previous experience is pivotal to the next generation of Christianity.
Christianity is a process of discipleship, no matter your walk, your age, your life goals; we have been called to reach out to another… Discipleship does not require perfection or a seminary professor level of the Bible. It required a humble and willing spirit.
Sisters, The harvest is plenty, and the workers are few and often weary from the load that can be lightened by the addition of hands.
So, as my search continues I press on toward the goal to which I have been called, with her in my mind, knowing God will cause our paths to collide in his perfect timing. I wonder, have I already met her? Is she already here? Where is she now? What is she experiencing? What is she praying for? Is she already praying for me? How will we meet? How will this relationship start? Is she someone here now whom the Lord has yet to reveal to me?
The wait has been beautiful.
Sisters, I implore you to reach out to someone today, someone who can pour into you, and another person you can pour into.
God bless your discipleship journey! Much grace and peace to you!