by Meg Murkli
It’s been several months now. We’ve met around a table, at a coffee shop, in my little apartment. And this is how discipleship happens, I’m learning. When we open our lives, the everyday bits of who we are, and invite them to join us, to sit with us, to talk, to let us listen, let us care, let us love them.
That’s really what’s been happening these several months. When Sue challenged me, asking me if I might begin to mentor Alina, I wasn’t sure what it would look like. I wasn’t sure if she’d receive my counsel, be open to my friendship. But, it came slowly, Him revealing to me the how’s of touching her life with wisdom and caring for her heart and her wounds with love and compassion.
I’ve been overwhelmed and equally humbled to witness the moving of God in Alina’s heart. With tears, she’s opened the wounds of her past, shared them with me, asked me how we can know the love of God in the midst of suffering. She’s shared her dreams, the hopes she has for her future + yet has asked how it’s possible with the pains of her past. We have laughed and we have cried and we have walked together. We’ve opened the Word of God and drank in long the truth that sets all men free.
And best of all? I’ve gotten to be a first-hand witness to how deeply God loves her. We listen and we counsel and we open up our own wounds to testify that God really can heal and then we let Him love us all. He’s proved His deep, deep love for Alina during these times and I’m full of praise for Him.
He is at work in her heart. He is changing her heart. He is moving in her life. And I’m so unbelievably full of praise to God for using weak vessels to fulfill His good plans.
Alina asked me one day, why it is that we do what we do, why it is that we help her, when no one else would?
She confessed that she’d never felt the love of God until now, until being here, sharing life with us. And that’s just what Jesus does.
We say yes to Him and we serve.
In return, He lavishes us all with His love … so that girls like Alina can also say yes to God.
Yes to His redemption. Yes to His love. Yes to His grace. Yes to Him.