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I Want It Right Now!!! (Day 28)

on May 11, 2012

“Everything on earth has its own time and its own season.” (Ecclesiates 3:1, CEV)

Yesterday I came to the conclusion that I’m a three-year old trapped in a 43-year old’s body.  I feel as if God has me on the verge of something big, something beyond my wildest dreams.  Yet, I can’t see the forest from the trees, and my frustration levels are through the roof.

The chapter speaks to this, and the first words I read last night were, “there are no shortcuts to maturity.”  Why not?  I want my blessings, my growth and my joy RIGHT NOW!  God in His infinite wisdom and love made it so that our spiritual growth happens gradually, similar to how a newborn baby or a newly-planted sycamore tree grows.  We worry about how fast we grow when the Lord is concerned about how strong we grow as His disciples.  The Word tells us that “Our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.” (II Corinthians 3:18b, Msg)

We still haven’t answer the million dollar question: why does our growth take so darn long?  Pastor Rick Warren pinpoints several reasons:

We’re slow learners.  We have a tendency to keep bumping into the same tired habits that hinder us, the sins that trap us and the same problems that recur.  God in His patience teaches us lessons that many times have to be repeated as many times as possible until that “A-ha” moment happens.

We’ve got a lot to unlearn and a lot to relearn.  Our problems and bad habits didn’t happen overnight, and neither can we expect to resolve and retool them overnight, either.

Facing the truth about ourselves is tough.  The truth hurts, and it’s only when we allow God to show us where we fall short do we begin to experience His love and grace to develop in character.  We must be moldable and teachable.

Growing is painful and tends to be scary.  Change is scary, especially when we become comfortable with what’s familiar, no matter how bad or wrong for us it is.

Our habits take time to develop.  It’s said that it takes 21 days to develop a habit and about the same amount of time to let it go.  No matter if it a bad or good one, habits are practiced.  Yet, the Lord desires us to practice spiritual discipline, be proactive in repeating good habits such as service, fellowship and grace.  

When we allow ourselves to grow in spiritual maturity, it’s best to cooperate with God rather than go against the grain.  Trust me on this.  We must believe that He’s working in our lives even when we can’t feel it or see the results.  Again, think sycamore tree. 

Second, we must try to be patient with the Lord and with ourselves, and not to get discouraged in the process.  God’s time isn’t the same as our society’s microwave time.  We grow through trials, temptations and triumphs.

We’ve gotta hang in there, y’all.  Our change is coming.

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