This fall will mark the start of the ninth year that my Bible study group has been together. It’s a group of about eleven women; we take turns meeting once a week for lunch in each other’s homes, we start in September and end in May. Each year we do two Bible studies that we discuss beforehand and agree on. Well, the other women discuss and agree on the studies we do. I just go along with whatever they suggest. I am not picky. I need all the Bibling I can get on any subject matter.
I am also lucky that they have put up with me all this time and continue to allow me in the group, mainly because of my rude jokes and/or irreverence on every subject.
Through the years, we have gotten to know each other intimately. Together we have been through illness, death, job loss and change, problems with children, relationship issues, and many joys and celebrations. There have been tears and a lot of laughing.
Because we are women, we talk a lot. Sometimes our meetings are more talk than Bible study. Meetings go a little long these weeks. Our children come home from school to be greeted by all of us. They have gotten used to it.
Each week, we pray for each other. We have seen prayers answered over and over. We talk about God’s miracles in each of our lives and share in the awe that he hears us, a group of clucking hens sitting around eating lasagna and drinking iced tea in the middle of the day.
Over the years we have learned much about God and what he intends for us, what we mean to him and to each other. We have learned the history of Christ’s life and death, who we are and where we are going when we die. We have grown individually. We have felt the peace and warmth of the Holy Spirit in our group, even during meetings when we blow off the lesson and focus instead on encouraging each other. Or just giggling.
I am so blessed to be a part of this group; it is a blessing that I didn’t deserve at the point which God placed it in my life. I sure wasn’t looking for it.
I think God finds each of us someone, or a group of someones, who accept and love us no matter how unlikely or how little we think we deserve it. He uses others to pull us closer to him wherever we are, however he can.
And I think that is the best part of these ladies putting up with all my dumb jokes.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7 (NKJV)
Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” Luke 11:28 (NLT)