No doubt each of us can point to at least one “Anna” in our life—a woman who was faithful to share God’s Word with us. Jennifer wrote to tell us about Jana, a woman whose trust in God and care for others made her a wonderful mentor:
The “Anna” who always comes to mind is my former youth minister’s wife. I met Jana as an eighth grader, just a couple of years after my parents divorced. At a crucial time in my life, the Lord ordained that her and her husband come to my home church. The commonality that first drew me to her was her simultaneous boldness and humility in declaring the Lord’s sovereignty in her life. She had been through a difficult adolescence herself prior to marrying her husband, and at a time when I was struggling with depression and many other things, she intervened. She refused to let me see myself as anything less than the child I was—a daughter created in His image. She prayed continually for me, spoke truth in my life, and was like a mother to me when my own was physically and emotionally distant.
She was the Lord’s role in my life of biblical womanhood. Jana was always grounded, whether she was walking through such valleys as infertility, or times of exceeding joy such as the Lord’s blessing her with a daughter from China. I think that’s why I clung so tightly to her as an older woman of wisdom and grace. She was real, candid, not afraid to speak her mind, and she always knew that the Lord had placed circumstances in her life for her good and His glory. I needed that kind of influence in my life during that season of adolescence, and the Lord displayed His love and faithfulness through Jana. To this day, we are close, even though I live many miles away while in seminary. It’s been a sweet journey growing from a young, fearful teenage girl to a young woman just starting to become more mindful of those things which characterize a godly woman. Jana has been given great discernment from the Lord, knowing how to speak the truth to someone in love, whether it be in the form of encouragement or rebuke.
When I read Titus 2, I am mindful and forever thankful for Jana: “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (v. 3-5)
This coming week you will read about our Savior’s amazing discussion with the Samaritan woman at the well. During the conversation, “the Holy Spirit was working in her heart. God the Father was drawing her irresistibly to Christ, revealing truth to her that eye had never seen and ear had never heard” (p. 149).
So how about you—When and how did the Holy Spirit first reveal the truth of Christ to your soul? Each and every story of conversion is a miracle. We want to hear yours!