28 Days Down! 12 Days to Go!
I admit that this week has been harder than other weeks to read and write 😦 However, it is a reflection that I am nearing the end of this journey. As I like to say, the beginning and the end are the hardest parts (one of the best lessons I learned from playing sports).
Today’s chapter is about timing and its relationship to spiritual maturity. Basically, the journey to spiritual maturity will take our whole lives. For me, as refreshing as the information was, it was also a bit daunting. I liked that I don’t have to feel bad for being where I am spiritually but it was also sad that, what?, I’m going to be working at this as long as I’m here on earth!
Two quick things that I like and was glad to see in the chapter were the following sentences: “Remember that God is never in a hurry, but he is always on time.” and “A delay is not a denial from God.”
Microwave v. Thanksgiving
A few years back I wrote a paper for a class where I compared the functionality of Congress and people’s reactions to it to quick (microwave) food v. slow (Thanksgiving or holiday) food. The main point I shared was that people want to have food quick so that they can eat and keep moving however on the days where they wait all day to receive food on days like Thanksgiving the food is more satisfying. The argument that I made is that although microwave policy solutions are tempting and work for politicians in this election focused market the policy solutions that are most satisfying and lasting are the Thanksgiving policy solutions that take time to work through and pass. The same occurs in our spiritual walks, I mean at least mine 🙂 don’t want to speak for you. This idea of long term/big picture/Thanksgiving like growth is what Rev. Warren shares in Day 28:
While we worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow. God views our lives from and for eternity, so he is never in a hurry.
When God wants to make a mushroom, he does it overnight, but when he wants to make a giant oak, he takes a hundred years. Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process. James advised, “Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed [James 1:4 MSG].”
Today’s Question to consider is “In what area of my spiritual growth do I need to be more patient and persistent?
My answer, my prayer life. I’ve gotten better, feel like I slipped back and I’m now working my way back. I do like the prayer alarms that I have set up. I also think I need to remind myself from where I have come and be proud of the progress that I have made and the fact that I do pray way more than I used to and keep this in mind as I look forward to where I want to go in my prayer life.
Until Next Time…