Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.”  Isaiah 2:3

I’m 50 and I thank God I made it this far. Strangely enough, it feels like my life is just starting. I think that life in the Spirit must be like this: the older we get the younger we grow, as we become God’s children only by growing down.

When I started I was strong, I could climb to the top of trees, run and jump effortlessly. Now I am weak and that’s better because I get to experience His grace, which is His power made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12.9)  We really can do all things through Christ, but nothing without Him.

I realize, too, the longer I walk with the Lord the less I know. Paul had the same revelation when He said, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2.2)  Everything else is garbage compared to the greatness of knowing Jesus. (Phil. 3.8)

By growing down the Lord is teaching me to trust Him, no matter the circumstances, and to leave the outcome to Him. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3.5-6) 

Maybe you can imagine just how much peace and joy come from simply trusting Him. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5.6-7) 

I have also begun to grasp the truth that His love never fails. (1 Cor. 13.8) Never. Having been born on Valentine’s Day you would think that I would have some insight into love, but it has only been recently that I started to see afresh the height and depth and breadth of His great love for us. (Rom. 8.38-39) 

Here is a place that I long to grow down into: the depths of His heart. Truly we are His and He is ours. You can take the Lord at His word when He whispers in your ear, “Be mine.”       

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From the Heart
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