During a tough time in my life, I found that the Holy Spirit was telling me I needed a mentor. Someone that isn't necessarily like me, not a family member, but a friend and trusted loyal person. It wasn't that I was completely sinking, but I needed some wisdom and clarity about some things.
I had been thinking about Susan, a lady at our church, and how she would be a great mentor. But would she have time? Would she even like me enough to spend time with me? Would I even relate to her life, because after all, she's been a missionary, lived overseas, has three kids... All the excuses were getting in my way. So I didn't want to bring it up to her...
As I was walking into church one day, Susan was walking in at the same time. It was like I was put there at the same time on purpose. But I couldn't muster up the courage to ask her for help. After church, I talked with a few friends about random things, and was walking out. Guess who God placed in my path? Yes. Susan. She quickly said, "Yes" when I asked her if she had time to be a mentor of mine. I just needed some help getting out of the funk I was in... I thought we'd meet a few times and life would roll along.
What started that day has been a great relationship. I have learned so much from Susan, about being honest with our feelings to God, about how to handle real life things when raising kids (she has so many good practical tips!) and also how much God loves us. She has never been pushy, has always been encouraging and loves me for who I am. That was exactly what I needed. She is a true friend, but has wisdom that I want to continue to embrace and also share with my other friends.
Recently, she and her husband retired and moved back down to Florida, so we don't see each other in person. We had so many great Wednesday nights, so many great conversations about love, life, faith, Jesus, kids, art, plants and raising a home.
I just had to share this sweet lady with you. Susan, you will always remain one of my favorites and thank you for your love. God loves us and we just need to listen to Him and trust. After all the Wednesday nights, I can't imagine not having talked with her that day at church. And this may not be about photography, but life is better when our view is not blurred, which helps us become better artists.
Fear can stop us in our tracks as artists, so please don't fear if you've been needing a mentor or someone to talk to about things that relate to your artwork and mostly, your life.
Love and encouragement for your day!