May 3, 2017 Farmville Enterprise
When looking for a Bible study group several years ago I was hoping to join Christian women of different ages, backgrounds and life experiences to better understand various perspectives. Almost immediately in my small group I was struck by a young gal who was also new to this ministry. She was just beginning to look in depth at the Scripture but very obviously was eager for teaching and guidance. We’ll call her Rachel.
Rachel brought a fresh perspective and a beautiful spirit to our lesson discussions. Her questions were heartfelt and frequent. One could tell that this growing faith in Jesus Christ was turning her world upside down. My life probably seemed unconventional to her just as hers seemed to me. Rachel found herself in the middle of several extremely stressful family situations. Her life had been far from easy. Still, she carved out time from her busy schedule as a hairdresser and business owner to finish her “homework” and spend two hours in our weekly meetings.
Today I was excited that Rachel was on the schedule to speak at our opening assembly. She and I happened to see each other as she was getting out of her car, outfitted in a cute knee-length dress with a tulle skirt, booties and a Bohemian style ribbon wreath in her long, almost-white hair. Her petite frame always made her wide smile seem that much bigger. I told her how much I was looking forward to hearing what she had to say. She explained her choice of attire for the presentation. “I feel comfortable in tutus.”
Rachel, a self-described “feeler,” explained to our opening assembly what three years of Bible study had meant to her, especially in the midst of many trials. Along with every point she made Rachel recited verses which she had memorized. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” (Psalm 119:105) “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
It was clear that Rachel had surrounded herself with wise and caring Christians who had been physically and emotionally present with her through some major challenges and who had pointed her again and again to Scripture. Next week I will share a specific interesting topic which she brought up. I can say that being in a small group with her my first year sure had an impact on me. I don’t feel comfortable in tutus and most of my friends don’t, but I am grateful that I got to know someone who does.