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

Hold Fast

I know that you have but little power… hold fast to what you have so that no one may seize your crown.  Revelation 3:7-13  Sometimes it feels as if faith is all we have, but our victory does not depend on our place or status in the world, but rather our “vision” in perceived darkness. When God opens the door be ready to walk through.