Another school year is in the books (or at least will be very soon) for our children and teachers. We are heading into summer, which means that many of us will be planning vacations and various activities that help us decompress from the hectic pace that school and sports and other activities create. And we celebrate that our children have learned and conquered yet another grade in school. But, at times, we also wonder if they will retain that information. Is their brain really growing and learning as we hope it is.

Well… here is a little test to see what is happening with our brains. Read the following lines…

Aoccdrnig to a rsecearh sudty at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deson't mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tinhg is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig, rghit? And we wree awlyas tugaht taht slpelnig was so ipmorantt!

It is amazing how we learn and grow academically and intellectually in our lives. We learn basic things as a foundation and then begin to grow from there. A small child just learning to read would never be able to understand what is being said in that paragraph. But someone who has already learned to read and has been doing it for many years can come through it and understand what it says pretty quickly.

When I saw this paragraph online and read through it, I was reminded of a passage of scripture that I have read many times in my life. It is from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians where he writes…

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (NIV)

In this passage Paul is describing a process of growing in our faith and growing in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And he describes it as something similar to moving from childhood into adulthood and slowly but surely gaining perspective and clarity. And that truly is what our faith journey is like.

Throughout our lives we slowly but surely begin to understand (ideally) that growing in our faith is something that is a process, and that it is a lifelong pursuit to draw closer and closer to God and to gain clarity on what true life really is.

Summer is a great time for renewal and rest, and it is also a great time for us to reflect on our relationship with God and not only look at how far we’ve come, but also look at what we can do to continue to draw closer to him so that we can come to know Him more as we continue to realize that we are fully known by Him!

Pastor Kevin