Through the years God has used many people and ways to grow me.
When I was first saved it was through a woman’s sacrifice, love, service and prayers. She discipled me for a year or so while at the same church, then she left. I sorrowed over her leaving! How could I keep growing in the Lord without her to cling to? But she reminded me that God is a jealous God and wants us to cling to Him. I needed to hear and practice that. She stayed in my life by phone and visits, so she was still able to pass on God’s wisdom to me, which was a blessing.
Different churches we have been in have grown me too. There are people that spoke into my life and God used it to grow me closer to Him. Sometimes a pastor, sometimes a fellow sheep.
Then cancer. God used that huge trial to draw me closer to Him. People that I didn’t even know passed on quotes that encouraged and fed me. Others I knew but not super well, passed on books that taught me more of Who God is and grew me closer to Him. In places I least expected it, God met me.
As I read through the Bible year after year, God met me there the most! He still does, on a daily basis, but I remember sorrowing over something to do with the cancer and I was reading in Leviticus; God comforted me in the middle of Leviticus! His Word is alive and active! And the Holy Spirit speaks to us. Sometimes through the Bible and sometimes through people.
I would drive a friend to church and many times she would say something to me that the Holy Spirit put on her heart. And every time it was something she didn’t know I needed to hear! God is powerful and doesn’t fit inside a box, does He?
So grateful that He uses many means to speak to our hearts! He is our Great God and King. Our Father. Our Champion. Our Refuge in times of trouble. Our Provider. Mmmmmm…. I could keep going. I love to meditate on Who He is! The Puritans have been such great reading lately, and God is using them to grow me into more Christlikeness. I am far, far, far from being Christlike, yet God loves me, covers me in Christ’s righteousness, cherishes me, pursues me and shepherds me. I am SO GRATEFUL!