As a parent one of the most difficult trials is waiting for a child to reach certain levels of understanding about compassion, consideration, judgment and discernment of life. We ask ourselves; “When will they ever learn?” I remember the first time I pondered this experience and almost immediately the Spirit within me asked; “How do you think I feel?” Maturity of the Spirit doesn’t happen overnight and sometimes along the way we forget who we are as children of God. Yet, in the same way that a parent waits with hope and encouragement for a child to come into her own, how much more will God wait for us?
Our steps are made firm by the Lord,
when he delights in our way;
though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
for the Lord holds us by the hand.
I have been young, and now am old,
yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
They are ever giving liberally and lending,
and their children become a blessing. Psalm 37:23-26