I am always amazed this time of year of just how much things can change. The trees are rapidly turning green and flowers are sprouting up. It is as if there is new growth all around us. As if God touched His hand to the ground and encouraged each blade of grass to reach for the sun. Chances are as your children prepare for the end of the school year you're noticing just how much they have changed over the course of the year. Maybe you've noticed how much her hair has grown, how his feet are two shoe sizes bigger, or just how much more grown up they have become. And although we are adults and we don't tend to think of ourselves as growing (unless it's our midline), God is calling us to grow. He wants us to grow in Him, in our faith, and in our service. Take a moment to look back and see just how much you've grown. Are you stronger in your relationship with God? Are you relying more on Him? Have you grown in spiritual maturity? No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, you can be assured that you have new growth just waiting to blossom.
Thank you for the new growth that surrounds us in nature. As we look around we are reminded of Your grace and mercy in the renewal process. Through You all things can be made new again. We can have new perspectives, new desires, and new hope. Lord, we thank You for the growth that we have experienced in You. And although You have not finished Your work in us yet, we can see the growth that has taken place. You have planted the seeds of our faith and Your love has nurtured us. Lord, show us the areas in which You want us to grow more. May we be a vessel for Your nourishment and teaching, Lord. Reveal the dry, withered places of our heart that need tending. We are yet a tender flower waiting to bloom.
"The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring." Isaiah 58:11