A forty-year-old still crawling, talking baby talk and in diapers is a disgusting image! The same is true in our spiritual lives. That is what the apostle Paul was referring to when he reprimanded the believers at Corinth:
"But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. Well, then, I’ll nurse you since you don’t seem capable of anything more. As long as you grab for what makes you feel good or makes you look important, are you really much different than a babe at the breast, content only when everything’s going your way?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3)
It is tragic if we don’t grow and each season of life holds key ingredients to growth in what God is doing in our lives and how he is doing it. Robert Mulholland, in Invitation to a Journey, defines spiritual formation as “the process of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of the world around us.” Mulholland contends that our spiritual formation takes place through three avenues:
Our Seasons of Life
While choices and circumstances play a big part in spiritual formation, so does our “season of life.” Too often, I’ve been guilty of “wishing away” the season of life that I’m in. For example, how many of us have said, “I can’t wait to get to high school, or I can’t wait to get my drivers’ license, or I can’t wait to get to college, or I can’t wait to turn 21, or I can’t wait to finish college and get a job, or I can’t wait to get married and start a family, or I can’t wait until these kids are out of diapers, or I can’t wait until I can retire?”
Sometimes we fail to relish, savour and pay attention to the season of life that we are in, for every season is a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with Jesus. The key lies in embracing each season and unlocking the promises attached to it!
Say "yes" to the season you find yourself in, and don’t wish it was over. Sometimes you need the help of a friend to help you see the hidden blessings.