Growth…it happens.

1 Peter 2:1-2  The Bible tells us we are to desire the “milk” of the Word of God, that we may be able to grow.  Growth is important in the life of every creature, if there is going to be life.  At this time in the life of our family, we are watching our only child finish high school and prepare to make her way in the world.  As I look back at her younger days I remember her asking me, “Daddy, when am I going to be able to tie my shoes? Daddy, when am I going to be able to zip up my jacket?”  I remember telling her not to worry, that growth will happen without her even realizing it.  All she had to do was eat good, nutritious foods, get plenty of rest, and get necessary exercise, and growth would just happen.  We cannot “make” ourselves grow.  If we could, people who wish to be taller could get their wish.  Growth is not a process, it is the result of a process.  Spiritual growth occurs much the same way as physical growth.  If we eat daily from the “bread” and “milk” of God’s Word, get plenty of rest by honoring the Lord’s Day by being in God’s House (the local New Testament Church), and getting the spiritual exercise we need by exercising our faith, growth cannot help but occur.  Growth can at times also be painful.  I fully realize that one day, Lord willing, my “little girl” will be taking on another man’s name and leaving our home to live in another.  I know we’ll be excited to see her go on with her own life, but also be sad to lose her presence here.  Growth also happens in churches where the Lord brings people, and at times prunes people away.  It’s all a part of growth…it happens.