My little daughter just went through a growth spurt. She put on weight, he has started saying her first words, she suddenly has several more (adorable) facial expressions.
So now, when this all is so evident, our family and friends are all commenting on how much she has grown. It’s true, she has grown, but I noticed how differently I see her growth compared to others.
I’ve seen her growing every day. Every hour sometimes. I’ve seen every tiny change. I’ve marveled at how she is becoming just that little bit more aware, how her smile is changing ever so slightly, how she is able to roll just a little bit quicker (she’s fast now! From one end of the room to the other, POW!).
I realise that this is part of being a parent. I’m aware of my daughter all the time. She’s always on my mind. I’m always watching. And so I see the natural and beautiful progression of her life, that she is not actually growing in ‘spurts’, she is growing continually, all the time. It’s just that for most they aren’t paying the same kind of attention to her that I am, so they only notice when her changes are easy for the eyes to see.
It got me thinking about spiritual growth in relation to my heavenly Dad.
I think he’s the same way. Everyone in the world may think I’m not growing, or they notice with they see what seems like a big progression in my personal and spiritual life. But, just like my daughter, I don’t really have ‘spurts’ of growth, it’s just that is what is easy to spot. But for God, my heavenly Father, I believe he sees the natural, continual growth in my life. He’s not wondering ‘when’ I’ll grow, he sees it happening continually. It may seem small, but to God is the perfect amount of growth needed.
Just like I don’t ever think of ‘pressuring’ my daughter to grow quicker, neither does God to me. Just as I have this inner assurance that she’ll naturally grow into the wonderful woman I already know she’ll one day be, so too does God have this confidence in my life.
Both those who know nothing about you, as well as those who know you pretty well will probably only ever notice the ‘big’ growth moments in your life. That’s OK, we do the same to them too. But remember, when it comes to your heavenly Father, he’s not waiting to see the ‘big moments’ of spiritual growth. He is watching and participating in every single moment of your spiritual life, and he sees in every moment, you’re growing, for growing is just a natural part of our spiritual life, just like growing from a baby to a toddler to a child to an adult is natural. There’s no need for doubt of pressure. To God, is all about the pleasure of being with you every moment as you grow.
I realise I should never even think about growth in my life, for it can’t help but happen. I should do what I want my daughter to do too. Rest and enjoy the beautiful relationship between being a child who has a Daddy who loves completely, and unconditionally.