Finally! The past two days have treated us with some warmer weather conditions. My son and I were able to take full advantage of this and play outside. I was ever so grateful for this opportunity since I feel we have been cooped up inside our home for too long. Little did I realize how these small adventures would thoroughly teach both my son and I.
I was able to witness some new developments in my toddler as we explored the outdoors. This was the first time his newly 2-year old mind was able to comprehend what his eyes were seeing. He would point to or pick up objects in order to learn of their name. I was able to expand upon his knowledge by informing him what he could and could not touch, what was safe and unsafe, etc.
His newest interest has been collecting rocks, as his treasures, from all over the yard. In doing so, he has unearthed some unwanted vulnerabilities. We have discovered an infestation of red ants, exposed a variety of holes, and have collected piles of these rocks to remain unused in various new places. However, this has revealed even more opportunities for me to teach and provide him with chances to grow in knowledge of his world around him.
I see a parallel here between my toddler and I, and myself with God. God is ever increasing my knowledge and understanding whenever I seek it from Him. Which He is able to teach me through my experiences and through His Word. Scripture emphasizes to “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.- Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV). Whether I’m teaching my child, or God is teaching me, we are setting valuable lessons to guide growth and stability through this life.
Just like my son who collects treasures of rocks, I’m collecting heavenly treasures. These are found when God teaches me to live set apart from the world. In doing so, God unearths some unwanted vulnerabilities within me. Through Him, I have discovered an infestation in my life from the enemy’s schemes. He has exposed a variety of voids that I have sought to be filled by sinful pleasures. I have collected piles of heavenly treasures but left them to remain unused in various new places. However, this has revealed even more opportunities for God to teach and provide me with chances to grow in knowledge of my world through Him.
These opportunities to increase in knowledge and understanding through life’s lessons are valuable to the heart of God.
let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.- Proverbs 1:5&7 (NIV)
I’ve already been given Jesus’ example of life on this Earth to know the difference between what I can and cannot touch, what is safe and unsafe, etc. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.- 2 John 1:9 (NIV). Christ’s example of life on this Earth is found in scripture. And since Christ abides in me, I have His power and authority to advance me even farther in His well, thought-out instruction.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV).