Bethany Coleman - Letting God Grow You
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a business woman, or a student, each woman around the world is in process. Whether we’d like to face it or not, all of us are going to hit a place in our daily walk where we are forced to grow in order to get to the next level. If you can think back to your childhood, you may remember something called “growing pains.” If you remember growing pains the same way I do, they were not always comfortable—it was not always easy to sleep through them. However, no matter how uncomfortable those nights were, it is those growing pains that made me into a fully-developed adult, physically speaking. These pains are a perfect picture of what life can look like spiritually (especially for me right now).
As a youth pastor and a full-time student, my life is all about growth. What I am learning in this season of life sounds simple but it is so important: The most important part about growth is allowing God to grow me. In 1 Corinthians 3:6, Paul says, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God [all the while] was causing the growth” [AMP]. Sometimes we get so concerned with making sure our efforts bear fruit when that is ultimately not our job. It is our job to plant the seed and water it. It is God’s job to grow it!
In the season you are in and in the new seasons to come, I encourage you, LET GOD GROW YOU!! Dust that pressure off your shoulders. It is our job to give Him something worth growing, but it really is His job to cause the growth! Life gets overwhelming. We all know it!! Some seasons are a greater stretch than others. I just want to remind you that when we realize our increase and growth is totally reliant on God’s final touch, we can ride through life knowing that pain and stretching is a part of the process. The growing pains you may be feeling are part of God’s process. They are only going to grow you into the woman God has called you to be.
Woman of God, “You are God’s cultivated field [His garden, His vineyard], God’s building” 1 Corinthians 3:8 [AMP]. It is God’s job—a job He loves—to GROW you and me!
Sometimes we get so concerned with making sure our efforts bear fruit when that is ultimately not our job. It is our job to plant the seed and water it. It is God’s job to grow it!