Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)
Zechariah 4:10 NLT
As I watch all of my family and friend’s children grow up I can’t help but to feel overwhelmingly…grown. I look at my 10 year old babies and I’m still in shock and awe that they can string together complete sentences.
(I do understand that it’s a good thing a 10 year old can speak in complete sentences)
In their first few years of life kids learn a ton! Like every moment is new and they have to figure out just about everything through trial and error. My nephew will be one in a couple weeks and I’ve been amazed at all of the new behaviors he has learned in just the last 3 days. Everyday he is doing something different. Everyday he builds on the knowledge he has already gained and amazes us with his little personality that is growing by the minute.
As I watched him play yesterday I thought, man what a difference a week makes. He looks different, he speaks
differently, he makes different facial expressions, and he smiles like a crazy person. Even over the last few days I’ve watched him pick up new adorable habits and I told my mom, “man everyday it’s something new”.
Our spiritual lives are just like that of a baby. When we accept the Lord as our Savior we are made new. The Bible tells us that we are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). From this point on we have the job of re-learning many of the things that we’ve been taught, for example, learning to not allow guilt and shame over mistakes drive you to drink yourself into drunken comas.
Sooo many of us get frustrated at the process of this rebirth because we expect to go from start to finish without running the track in between. But God is just like the parent that gawks over the developmental milestones that their newborn child is meeting. He sees your progress and while it may seem small to you and everyone around you He is excited to just see you smiling again, clapping your hands, speaking with joy and excitement, leaving old toys that no longer serve productive purpose, and learning to love again! He blesses these mini moments!
We put a lot of pressure on perfection in our culture and ignore and shun the process! I chose Zechariah 4:10 in the NLT as the theme Scripture to remind us that we all have to start somewhere and God is just glad to see that you’ve begun the work! Stop being frustrated and realize you’re growing right before His eyes!
Congratulations on the small spiritual milestones that you’ve hit up until this point! You’ll look up one day and say man I’ve come such a long way and you’ll have some pretty cool blessings to show for it!
Have a great day!
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Melanie N. Lee
I just REALLY love Jesus!!!
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