"The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another, when we are there in the most attentive or caring way. This simple and profound intimacy is the love we all long for". ~J. Kornfield
I was reminded of the truth in that quote over the winter break. The first little girl I mentored in our program at Eagle Rock is now 18. We didn't have an 'amazing connection' like other mentors/kids. But there were simple routines and moments we shared. I remained faithful to mentoring her from 4th-6th grade. I lost touch with her 3 years ago when she ran away from home; so imagine my surprise when she found me on instagram on Christmas Eve. We got together on the 26th and had a wonderful time catching up.
As I dropped her off she said, "I had so much fun tonight, and that's why I tell everyone you're my best friend". Her words hit my heart. We haven't spoken or seen each other in 3 years, and yet she considers me her "best friend"? Perhaps being faithful, attentive and caring for those three years, really had planted seeds, which even now were blooming? I hope this encourages you to continue doing the same. Our ministry is often a "hidden one" where God does not show us what he is doing inside the hearts and minds of our kids, but sometimes, years later we may be surprised by the fruit!
I'm eager to jump into 2017 and see what God has in store for us this semester!