Line upon Line

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“To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast? For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.” Isaiah 28:10, ESV

Ever hear the saying 'Inch by inch, anythings a cinch"? 

I've not always found things to be easy inch by inch - but at least do-able.

Yesterday, I was reading my online devotional and saw Isaiah 28:10:  a verse I didn't recall at having read before.  

It reminded me of something my physical therapist said over and over.  You need to at least do a little.  You need to work through the pain.  Just a little.  If you can't do five repetitions, do three. You can build up from there.

It seems I always see spiritual principles that correlate with what happens in the real world. 

You see, sometimes I've wondered why spiritual growth is so difficult. I had very naive expectations when I started my journey with Christ.  I thought I would somehow be suddenly perfect.  I'd have no more struggles.  Life would be simple.  I would, all at once, be a woman after God's own heart.

Didn't happen that way.

It's been an inch by inch process - with plenty of days of no progress.  And while I've often felt my challenges have held me back from the life I thought I would have - I realize that instead they have lead to a steady (albeit very slow) spiritual growth.

I can't move by leaps and bounds.  I can't do exhaustive Bible studies.  I can't go to seminars and workshops.  

Instead, it is me and my Bible, a few well-loved devotionals, and very select books that have shown me it is truly precept on precept.

I understand things now that I could never have understood a few years ago.  I look at things differently.  I'm more open to acknowledging the subtle changes that I see happening.

My challenges have slowed me down.  Made me more purposeful.  With little energy to expend I must carefully choose my activities.  I sometimes need to focus on what I want to do before I even start.  (It's like I mentally prep myself for something as simple as a shower.)

I pick and choose my devotional time.  It's fairly streamlined.  It's what I know I can reasonably expect to accomplish most days.

I read a few memory verses, a very short devotional, and say my intercessory prayers.  I try to write this devotional. 

The devotional has become an important part of my morning time, because as I search out what to share with each of you, I am teaching myself as well.  I delight in finding new things to share - or to relay how God has taught be something about Himself.

It has truly become precept upon precept.  Line upon line.

And I'm so privileged to be sharing this building up process with you. 

Father God, I pray that you would touch those who are discouraged today.  Those who feel that, perhaps, they are not doing enough in seeking You.  Help them realize that each day is a small step, a building block, that will bring them closer to You.  Amen and amen.

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