I know two things about teenage boys. (I actually know a lot more than 2 things, but I won’t gross you out.) First, they eat everything in sight, all the time. They are never, ever full even if they tell you are. They are lying if they ever say they aren’t hungry. Second, when a growth spurt hits, they shoot up faster than Pinocchio’s nose when he tells a few lies.
So my son’s golf swing has not been to his liking, and low and behold after his daddy and teacher watch him last week they come to the conclusion that his clubs are too short since he’s grown about 3 feet in 2 years. (A little over-exaggeration, but you get the point.)
And that’s the tough thing about kids and sports – just when they stop growing for 2 minutes and their coordination catches up with their height and they start performing at a decent level – well, it all gets undone by the growth fairy who comes in at night and starts the process all over again. They can go from a kid who’s batting lights out or scoring touchdown after touchdown to one who strikes out every game or fumbles the football like he’s holding onto a greased pig, all thanks to legs that now don’t match the arms and the brain seems to be sending out signals in slow motion…
Our spiritual walk has growth spurts, too. Often we are in seasons of tremendous spiritual growth, lessons coming at us from all sides, worshipping highs like we’ve never experienced. And just when we think we got it goin’ on, along comes a valley. It could be a devastating life experience. It could be just a season where God seems silent or very far away. It’s a time when we feel a little out of sync, a little uncoordinated in our walk with Jesus.
We need to keep pursuing Jesus in these times of spiritual incoordination just like our kids need to work through the stages of incoordination and growth while playing sports. Neither should give up when feelings of inadequacies arise. “The Lord is with you, when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” (2 Chronicles 15:2)
Don’t give up! Work through your spiritual growth spurts. Your spiritual coordination will one day return!
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