My thoughts are scattered this week and my hodge podge of "Growth" photos reflect that.
There are the children in my life, of course. I don't need to explain to you how they seemingly go to bed each evening and wake up two inches taller, two years older. You have no doubt been there, done that - you too have shaken your head and asked, "Who is this young lady in my kitchen, this young man in my living room?" I am sure. We are certainly not old enough to be parents to anyone that old, anyone that tall. At least we don't "look" old enough ...right?
And then there's my walking, talking, slide climbing niece, Annie, who was just a newborn, I swear to you, and now look at her:
Alright now, that has to be as cute as it gets. Oooh, those little teeth, those whispy eyelashes! Annie is growing, the Sabourin kids are growing and I pray from the bottom of my heart that I, too, am growing, deeper.
I often wish my personal/spiritual growth was more effortessly consistent, less jerky and exhuasting. Vrrrooom ahead, I speed, then screeech, what's that shiny thing over there? I need to see it, to touch it! Gaper's delay, gaper's delay! Shoot I forgot again, and again and again, that I have somewhere really, really important to be. Repenting of your doubt and self-centeredness, then starting over an infinite amount of times, until you die, can be arduous, uncomfortable, like growing pains.
But then again, nothing shiny, titillating, numbing, can compare with the fulfillment of nourishing someone other than myself with the fruit of those trying, humbling, growth-procuring, spiritual labors.
I am most beautiful, as a woman, as a living icon of the Risen Christ, when I radiate, from the inside out, with peace, kindness, resilience, determination and authenticity earned the hard way.
What about you? What comes to mind when you think of "Growth?" If you have any images, or reflections on growth, to share, please link to your blog in the comment section below!
Next week's The Way I See It theme will be: Community