Bible Reading: Luke 2:41-52 KJV
There will be people who will not allow you to grow up. In their eyes you will always be the stubborn child, the undesirable black sheep, or the over emotional train wreck in the family. You may encounter those who can not see beyond the youthful mistakes you’ve made not allowing for a more mature relationship with them. Your reputation can be unshakable no matter how old you are.
Luke 2:43 KJV Tells us that Jesus stayed behind and his parents were unaware of it. Often people are unaware of how God’s timing is right for one person but not someone else’s. We know through scripture that Jesus’ birth was special and Mary knew it, even if she didn’t fully understand. Luke 1:19 ESV So Jesus teaching at the temple at age “12” would seem perfectly within reason, right? But, there were other things to consider; the family as a whole- Jesus’ other brothers and sisters Matthew 13:55-56KJV If Jesus could live so far away from home at such a “young” age what would stop his siblings from desiring the same, even if it weren’t their divine purpose?
As a wife and mother, my relationship with my family is constantly evolving. What was needed a decade ago would be met with laughs if I attempted it now. Letting go of the past and learning new lessons about my loved ones has given me unspeakable joy. We will always be students of those we love. Luke 2:19KJV Luke 2:51KJV If we pay attention to the signals being sent out we can easily discern what is needed from us at any given time. That, of course, requires us to be mindful of each other just as God is mindful of us. Psalm 8:4KJV
When we seek answers from God we will be in the right place at the right time gently guiding our neighbors, family, loved ones on their journey instead of feeling left out because we failed to see their maturity.
Let’s not allow our spiritual relationship with God to fail because He did not grow up in our minds. For us to attempt to comprehend the magnitude of how awesome, powerful, full of grace and mercy He is, may require taking Him out of the manger, off of the cross, and into our hearts. He placed Himself on earth and put Himself through every imaginable temptation and life circumstance. It is up to us to realize these truths and apply His teachings to our lives. We can walk obediently with a risen Savior understanding His life on earth as a whole and not just a singular event.