By Nancy Lindgren
I’m breaking the “one word” rule for 2020 and going with two words instead. Gasp! I know you are probably thinking, “How could she?” I had to do it. These two words have been jumping out at me this whole past year as I have read my Bible, as I’ve heard people talking about mentoring, and as I have worshipped my God in song.
My two words are: WITH YOU. Simple. Profound. Life-changing. Presence. Together. Shoulder to Shoulder. Relationship. Being known. Sought out. Words not needed.
I love that this Advent season we will be focusing on Immanuel: God With Us. Not only did Jesus come to this earth, die on a cross, was resurrected and then went to heaven but He did it for our good so that we could experience the transforming work of the Holy Spirit living within us.
“But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7
Over and over again throughout the Bible God speaks the words “I will be with you” to fearful, anxious, overwhelmed, and discouraged people.
“But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you.’” Exodus 3:11-12
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:5,9
“The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.’” Luke 1:28-29
Here’s my question for us today . . .what if we, as God’s people, who have the Holy Spirit within us were to start being more intentional about saying to people “I will be with you” rather than telling them what to do or doing a lot of talking. What if we truly showed up? What if we were completely present in the midst of their dark seasons or times of being in despair or depression? What if we noticed people and cared enough to say “I want to be with you.”
I believe this is what so much of mentoring is all about. It’s a “with you movement” that would change the world and it starts with one caring about another one. Please join me in asking God who we can come alongside and say those very important words “I will be with you.”
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