February 17, 2005

You Are Growing

Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.
- George Shinn


You have been willing of late to risk yourself for love. You stepped outside the "box" of what others expected. You dipped your toes into the Waters of the Unknown.

So it isn't going the way you planned. That's okay too. Your are growing. And growing means you cannot stay the same. Just like an infant grows to a toddler, a toddler to a child, a child to an adult, so you are growing and changing, as well.

A rosebud must change in order to grow into a beautiful, delicate rose. It's ugly at first. Enveloped with green on the outside, thorns lining its stem like little soldiers ready to go to war against human palms. But as that little bud begins to develop, as it stretches forth its arms and awakens from its sleep, it turns into one of the most beautiful God creations we've ever seen.

That is YOU. You are the rosebud. You are emerging from your slumber of living according to everyone else's expectations. You are BEGINNING to live your life for YOU! You are rubbing the sleep from your eyes and stretching out your arms. You are saying, "Here I am, God! I am open and ready for all the good things You have for me!"

Nobody said growing was easy. It hurts. It's painful even. But the end results--oh my! You will look back and see that all these trials were only growing spurts, emergents, pushing you out of your "shell" to be the beautiful creation God had in mind for you to be all along!

(I penned this for a friend, but felt compelled to share it here as well.)