Thursday, November 14, 2013
"But you love this song and you want to learn it," I reminded her. "You will definitely be able to play this song when you are 80 years old."
She moved her hands to smile at me. "I'm only eight."
"Then we have enough time to learn it little bit by little bit, don't we?"
God says, "Be holy as I am holy" and "Forgive one another as I have forgiven you" and "Love one another as I have loved you". If we don't hear the mercy of a Savior and the patience of a Father in His voice, we can be frustrated to tears.
"I can't do it, God. It's too hard."
Nothing happens as fast as we think it will so we need not be disheartened. To God a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. The Author of our faith sees all the way to the end result.
Mattie first learns to love the song. The rules of technique and skill are learned little bit by little bit through practice, but her motivation is loving the song.
Our motivation for spiritual growth comes with peace, hope and delight when we read the Bible to know and love the heart of God. We can trust Him because He has a plan and a vision for teaching us.
Reading the Bible as a set of rules to follow will bring heartbreak and discouragement. The skills and techniques of a mature Christian are learned through practice, little bit by little bit.
My days are numbered by Him. My times are in His hands. The Author and Finisher of my faith is not pressured for time.