Is it cold enough for you? This morning we woke up to 29 degrees. I can’t complain because I’ve always said I think it should be cold between Thanksgiving and Christmas and then be warm and sunny for the rest of the year. My son, however, was not happy when he walked outside in a hurry to get to a meeting at school and found his windshield covered with a thin layer of ice. He started the car and proceeded to complain about how he was going to be late. Now you and I know he should have warmed his car up before he needed to leave so he wouldn’t face this problem, but we live in Georgia and ice on the windshield is not a common occurrence. He is fortunate I grew up with snow and ice every winter. I walked inside and came out with three cups of lukewarm water and poured them over his windshield making it instantly clear. “That’s awesome!” was my thanks and away he went in time to make his meeting.
It pays to have someone around who has had experience with whatever you’re facing. God knew this and He challenged us to be there for one another [Titus 2:1-10]. He gave us several examples in Scripture. Naomi and Ruth had a precious relationship. Throughout the book of Ruth we read about how Naomi taught Ruth the ways and customs of her people and in exchange Ruth cared for Naomi. Throughout the Epistles we read how Paul poured into younger men and shared all he knew, especially with Timothy. Elijah mentored Elisha so he would continue the great works of the Lord among the Israelite people. No one is intended to walk this journey of life alone. God created us for relationships and He taught us how to love one another and teach one another in love.
God has blessed me with many godly women in my life who have poured deeply into me, teaching me in all they do. There are also several godly women the Lord has brought into my life I pour into when we are together. It is my opinion the Lord created us to be straws. We are a conduit of the love, grace and mercy of God and we are to share all He has taught us and given us with others. In doing so, we are blessed and we become a blessing.
There are Naomis in all of our lives, those who pour into us. There are also Ruths in our lives, those we are to pour into and love. It is irrelevant how old you are or what stage of life you are in, there is always someone you can learn from and someone you can teach. Take a moment today to ask the Lord to reveal the Naomis and Ruths in your life. Then take a moment to thank Him for sending them into your life and allowing you to partner with Him and them in your journey.