One Christmas Eve, we were at my mother-in-law’s in north Alabama. It was a beautiful setting with acres of land, trees, and Indian Camp Creek flowing through the middle of her land. It was in that setting that my brother-in-law and I lit the fireworks!
It was twenty degrees and all of the kids were outside to watch the rockets and hear the explosions. Over and over the sky was showered with multi-colored sparks. We placed each rocket in a launcher on the ground, lit the long fuse, and then ran! Each launch was followed by a tremendous bang as it would blast off and then rise hundreds of feet into the air.
We had a great time! Uhhh—I mean the kids had a great time. I do remember at one point looking around and realizing that all of the kids had gotten cold and were now inside the house. (You don’t think that we quit at that point do you?)
Many of us want a relationship with God that is something like these fireworks. Quick. Powerful. Dramatic. You light the fuse and seconds later watch it happen!
For me, walking with God has never been like that. Most of the time, my own growth and maturity has been slow. Sort of like I am plodding along with God.
At times I wish for more fireworks. Oh there have been a few dramatic moments. But that has not been the norm. Most of the time, our walk with God is like any other relationship. This relationship takes time to grow.
A friend of mine made the statement a number of years ago that stuck with me. We both had just listened to a person talk about all of his activities for that year. I remember my friend remarked, "I have known him a long time and my impression is that if he says it enough, he begins to believe that it is true." Hmmmm.
Pascal warned, "Men often take their imagination for their heart, and often believe they are converted as soon as they start thinking of becoming converted."
One does not mature spiritually by talking about God. Knowing God is a day-in, day-out experience. Like marriage, it calls for me to take intentional steps in his direction.
This week, as you schedule your time and work with your planner, make an appointment with God each day.