This is a quick musing as I sit here getting ready to load the truck and carry our son, Andrew, to college at Texas A&M. I am proud and reluctant all at the same time.
It was probably the fact that our oldest and first is moving out and will be living elsewhere for most of the time, but yesterday at church I watched with great interest and amazement all the little ones running around. Having been at the church 5 years now I have seen many of them grow. They’re all getting taller. It’s inevitable. They’re supposed to grow up and become the people God created them to be.
But then again, so are we. God is looking for us to “get taller” – not physically anymore, but spiritually. My son is going off to become independent and to one day help lead and teach others instead of being led and taught. We’re supposed to be doing the same as followers of Jesus. It’s not something that just happens, either. It’s easy to stay at the spiritual height we’re at. We can allow ourselves to be led and taught for the rest of our lives, or we can choose to get taller.
The author of the Book of Hebrews (5:11-14) put it like this when they realized that the followers of Jesus were not “getting taller”:
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
We can’t stay young forever. Like children who were once carried in our arms but we now carry off to college, we are called to “get taller”, to learn more of Christ, to follow him further into the Kingdom.
Life won’t be the same. But then again, it never is.
Holy high-five to you,