It’s been raining pretty hard this morning, so they are puddles everywhere.
This morning, I observed a 2-year-old girl walking to her house. Her mom told her to watch for the puddles. Well, she did exactly that – she looked for each one of them so she could walk in and through each and every one!
What was going through her mind as she did this? I’m not exactly sure, but I bet the following are good possibilities:
- This looks like fun!
- I wonder what it feels like to walk through the puddle.
Words like curiosity, fascinating, fun, and wonder are all connected with the same activity – learning. And inside learning there is growth.
Paul writes in his letter to the believers in Ephesus, “But confessing the truth, we may in love grow up in all things in Him, who is the head, Christ.” (JHL) It is well known that there is growing and learning in the spiritual realm, just like there is growing and learning in the physical.
Here’s the first part of the lesson from this 2-year-old and that puddle of water – growth in the spiritual should also have words like curiosity, fascinating, fun, and wonder attached. But, often, that just isn’t the case. Spiritual growth often has the opposite words attached to it. And that just shouldn’t be the case.
Here’s the second part of the lesson – even though that child hasn’t realized it yet, her brain has the capacity for much greater learning. But she isn’t becoming something she isn’t already; she is just growing into the reality of who she truly already is as she learns and experiences different things. She is experiencing the joy of becoming who she was already created to be. It is the same in the spiritual realm. We have already been created in and through Christ to be the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). We have been given the nature of Christ as our one and only true nature (Galatians 2:19b-20). We now get to experience that through growing up in love in all things in Christ.
Let’s embrace that learning with curiosity, fascination, wonder, fun, and excitement, just like that 2-year-old girl did with those puddles.
Wouldn’t that put a whole different spin on spiritual growth?