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Posted: May 28, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Do you remember watching “Growing Pains” starring Kirk Cameron? That show was huge when I was growing up. It was a show about a family with 3 teenagers and the “growing pains” that they go through. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the show, I enjoy the premise and remember watching occasionlly. I thought about that a few days ago after listening to Addison cry for a few minutes. Addison is teething and those of you who have children know that isn’t a fun time to say the least. She is constantly chewing on things and seemingly trying to do anything to bring a touch of relief to her incoming teeth. On top of that, teething is often occompanied by cold like symtems which causes babies to have problems breething. Not a whole lot of fun. I think it is safe to say that Addison is experiencing some growing pains right now. You know what is so interesting???? Addison doesn’t realize at this point in her life how important teeth are. Can you imagine life with no teeth? All she knows is that teething is not a fun experience. Yet after the process of teething is over, she will be able to experience food that she hasn’t gotten to experience yet. However, because she doesn’t know the end result, it makes it much more difficult to experience.

I can relate to that. There have been so many times in my life when it seems like I am going through spiritual growing pains. Sometimes it seems like the closer you get to God, the more difficult things seem to become. Yet we know that the promise of God is that He will never leave us nor forsake us. So I guess the question is why does God allow spiritual growing pains? The answer is that He allows those things so that our faith in Him can strengthen. I don’t work out but I do know that the only way muscles can grow is if they are worked. It doesn’t just happen on it’s own. In the same way, we cannot expect to have our relationship with God grow unless the flesh dies and Christ grows in our life. As it says in John 3:30, “He must become greater and greater and I must become less and less.”

Are you going through growing pains in your walk with Christ? Has life been challenging? Have you recently asked God why He is allowing you to go through the things that you are? Be encouraged today knowing that though things may be challenging now, it will not always be this way. Just as the teething process is necessary for growing, so sometimes are trials in our lives. They help draw us closer to the heart of God.

With expectancy!


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