Day 30: One Step at a Time

Last fall, my then 4-year-old daughter wanted to plant some acorns. I asked her why, and she said, “So I can have a tire swing!”

It was precious, to say the least.

She did not realize that it takes years and years for an acorn to grow into an oak tree. The greatest lesson gained in learning to run: I don’t realize it takes years and years for an acorn to grow into an oak tree.

OK, sure I understand the scientific process of seed to seedling to small tree to a larger tree. But when it comes to things in my life where I’d like to see growth or change, I want to go directly from the acorn to the oak tree. I see where I need to be, and I’d like to be there right now without all the slow growing stuff. Thank you very much.

Learning to run forced me to take the slow growth path. I knew it was impossible to go from the couch to running a 5K in one day. I knew from the beginning that it would take time, and pushing through and slow change.

A few years ago, I was participating in a Bible study that talked about Naaman, a man described in 2 Kings 5 as being a commander in an army and a valiant soldier. He also had leprosy. He ended up going to the prophet Elisha for healing. Elisha did not speak to him directly, but sent a messenger to instruct Naaman to wash in the Jordan River seven times to be healed. Naaman was quite angry and says in verse 11, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.”

So often I want the same as Naaman. I want God to wave His hand over me and cure me instantaneously.

And, surely, there are times when God provides in a miraculous fashion with instant healing. But mostly He invites us into a relationship. When we choose to accept the invitation and walk with Him, we only have to take one step at a time. We do not immediately arrive. We get the opportunity to trust and rely on Him, and He gives us the strength to persevere. The journey will not always be smooth, and we might not see quick changes. Eventually, though, we will be deeply rooted in our relationship with God, and grow into beautiful, strong trees.

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I pushed published and then read a few blogs. Emily at Chatting at the Sky is talking about slow growth today, too.

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2 thoughts on “Day 30: One Step at a Time

  1. Pingback: Day 1: 31 Days of Learning to Run « It's the little things.

  2. Pingback: Day 31: The Finish Line « It's the little things.

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