“…but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:10-12
The physical, cognitive, and emotional growth that takes place in a child, from birth to age 12, is quite a significant amount. I have the privilege of watching that growth in my child. However, we can forget that this type of growth continues to happen throughout our lives.
My daughter and I went to Target to look for things she may want to have for her birthday. I noticed a young lady, notepad in hand, who was there for the same reason. She said out loud, “nothing seems interesting, I can’t believe I don’t want any toys.” My daughter looked at me and said, “I feel the same way.”
A part of me felt sad that my little girl is growing up. I am excited to see all that God has created her to be. I am many years older than my daughter, and I am too, experiencing growth in many areas of my life.
There are many interests that I used to have, that don’t anymore. I have learned that between the ages of 38 to 52, a midlife awakening begins. There were many days where I loved going out to hockey games and staying out late. Now, I go to bed at the time I used to want to go out. My priorities have shifted in all areas of my life.
My daughter had a well-check appointment with her pediatrician. The doctor explained some changes that she may encounter this year as she gets closer to her teenage years. My daughter began to cry. The doctor asked her why she felt sad. She told the doctor, “growing up is scary, being an adult seems so scary. I want to stay a child and not have to deal with it.”
A change is scary and unwanted. However, change is inevitable. Instead, we must embrace change and hope for growth and birth something new and fruitful. Whether it is coming upon puberty, changing careers, losing family members or any significant life changes, we must trust that the Lord knows our needs and wants us to become what He intended. When we believe in that hope, we can hope for something good because God is good!
Lesson Learned: May there be hope in the growth to bring us to where God wanted us to be.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for guidance when I encounter change. In every situation, may I grow and gain knowledge. Thank you for wisdom and discernment. Help me make godly decisions. Thank you for leading the way, Father God. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”