Growth is Not Magical, it’s Gradual
When we say YES to Jesus, our hearts become new and fully alive.
We can move forward in confidence that our eternity is set, yet there is still work to do this side of heaven. A lot of us can get stuck in the tangles of our past which can cause us to throw our hands up and quit. Even though we have been set free, there are some ties to the lies that keep us from fully embracing the new life God has lined up for us. I’m here to ask you to keep fighting! Please don’t give up on the great things God has planned for you, it’s worth it.
A few months ago, I decided to try a new craft, macrame. It requires yarn, a stick and, apparently, a whole bunch of patience. I had seen so many beautiful macrame projects on Instagram and wanted to make one for a wall in our home. I found a beautiful six foot stick, a giant spool of yarn at an antique store, watched some tutorials and began my wall hanging. I mean how hard can it be to tie some pretty knots on a stick anyway?
You guys, I’m three months in and I’m not even close to finishing. With every square knot, larks knot and half knot I see a unique piece of art coming to life. There is a good chance I may not finish before I meet Jesus face to face, I’m just being honest here. On knot number 5,240 I was praying for a magic wand to bibbity boppity boo this project to completion. Clearly, I am not a patient crafter. However, with each row of knots, I get closer to enjoying the finished product hanging on my wall.
I can feel that way about my relationship with God too.
I want to jump ahead into the deep, abiding relationship I know that is coming. I don’t want to untie my past knots or face my giants, I want the magic wand to make all the junk disappear. I want to sit with Jesus in full perfection (just like I want that macrame to be on my wall yesterday). I’ll get there but, there is a process that needs to be endured with respect and patience.
“We want each of you to go on with the same hard work all your lives so you will surely get what you hope for. We do not want you to become lazy. Be like those who through faith and patience will receive what God has promised.” (Hebrews 6:11-12 NCV)
Just like those knots won’t tie themselves, I have to be intentional and diligent in my relationship with God.
The process requires me to be still, to allow the gradual growth of faith. While God restores my past and builds my future, I try to embrace the moments between brokenness and wholeness because that is where I am becoming who God intended me to be. The in-between is where I am growing in wisdom, my faith is expanding and lies are replaced with truth.
We can’t be lazy! Take a look at Noah, the man was 100 years old when he set sail. And Abraham, he waited almost 25 years to kiss the cheeks of his promised son.
We cannot stop pursuing, growing and striving until we are in the arms of Jesus.
I fully believe that retirement is not a biblical principle. Those of you more established in your faith… we need you like a donut needs a hole. As long as there is breath in your lungs, you have an eternal purpose on this earth. You can’t see me, but I’m on hands and knees begging you to pour into others. No matter where you are in the process of untangling your knots, don’t give up! God sees you working hard, he knows your heart and he adores you.
Growth takes time and patience and perseverance.
If we received what we wanted immediately, we wouldn’t appreciate the growth in our hearts.
Lord I ask that anyone reading this today would feel your presence in their lives. Reveal your power, mercy and love in a way so they will not question that you are moving mountains on their behalf. Break the ties to the lies that keep them from becoming the beautiful creation you intend for them to be. Give them strength to push through obstacles and peace to be still while you grow their hearts of faith. Untangle the knots gently so that your glory can be known. Thank you for your undeserved and unending love for us.
Carrie married her first kiss and together they have three beautiful children living in the suburbs of Portlandia. She is the founder and designer of The Codex Planner, which was designed to provide believers with more time to focus on God’s plan for our days and to foster a more intentional relationship with Him. This planner is more than just a daily schedule keeper; it’s a place for God to take control of our day. Think of it as a devotional planner.