If you were like me growing up, you probably experienced "growing pains" as a child. This phenomena strikes children during periods of rapid growth in their body. The pain is primarily in the muscles and can range from mildly irritating to quite severe. However it is usually gone by morning.
I have been experiencing different kind of growing pains lately. I feel like I am going through a rapid period of growth right now and and frankly it hurts. As I seek to draw closer to the Lord, He is allowing me to also see where I am falling short. I see some failures that I am having to make right. Anyone who has experienced this knows it isn't easy.
The Bible talks about growth as well and it cautions us not to grow weary in the fight!
2 Thessalonians 3:13, "As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good."
Galatians 6:9, "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
Going deeper with Jesus Christ is a good thing but at times it can be painful too. When we seek Him with our whole heart, we also see where we are missing the mark or blowing it completely. That can be discouraging at times. We can grow weary while growing closer. We can also grow weary though service and helping others. Hey it happens.
However God calls us to not grow weary. He call us to growth in a different way.
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen" (2 Peter 3:18)
We are called to grow closer to Him and not to grow weary of doing good. I find that the older I get, the more I want to know Him. I also find the pain of growth can be almost unbearable at times. However, I fully believe it's worth it.
"...weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5b