As a teen woman of today, she's a wise young woman. And she had asked me to be her mentor. I felt a bit inadequate about that but I knew she was asking of me something important...and perhaps I would figure out what exactly I could offer her...the things of which inhabit the mind and heart of a woman at least 40 years older than she. I felt inadequate. And I felt honored. I assented to her request.
It seemed she had no more than asked me when a huge hurdle came between us. Her request came only a short time before I was diagnosed with cancer. What followed was surgery, more surgery, emergency room, and then, to add insult to my already insulted body, six months of chemo.
Eventually we were able to meet on a regular basis. We review a chapter in the Bible together. Then we chat about a number of things. She asks me questions. I think sometimes, maybe sometimes, I give her adequate answers. About Scripture. About life. About being a teenager. About being wise. About loving God.
I've gained from this mentoring thing. She's been studying the Heidelberg Catechism in Sunday School. Hey! I've never even read it! I've been a Christian nearly all my life and have done some reading of Christian history. I've never read the Heidelberg Catechism but her study piqued my interest.
And so when Hubby brought home Kevin DeYoung's "The Good News We Almost Forgot" in which DeYoung lays out the Heidelberg Catechism I was tickled pink. What was extra special about this was that he bought TWO copies! One for himself and one for me. He knows I like to underline and circle and make notes in the columns. And he doesn't like it when I do that in HIS books! His solution was to buy two copies, one for him,one for me. Wise man, that Hubby!
Now my teen friend has gone off to work at Camp for the summer. I will miss seeing her but I know this summer will be a great adventure for her...new friends...new activities...new things to learn. She's going to be blessed by all of it. And while she's gone, I'll be reading the Heidelberg.