God Knows

“But now I didn’t know!”

That’s what our son, Hans, said to me on Christmas Eve, 1994.

We had decided to try a totally different Christmas dinner experience: Lobster. The pot was boiling. The lobsters were ready for their last swim. And Hans and I were negotiating…

Hans & Haley, 1995

Hans & Haley at the beach, 1995

See, 4-year-old Hans had begged me to let him do the deed — drop the lobsters in the pot — but at the last minute, he changed his mind.

“I thought you wanted to drop them in?” I said.

“But now I didn’t know!”

That line has cracked us up for years.

And as I think about it today, I think it’s a fitting commentary on all the things about Christian life and faith that I’ve changed my mind about, learned, unlearned, and relearned over 32+ years of calling myself a Christian. I’m an evolving follower of Jesus. Maybe you are, too?

We change – a lot. We change our minds, convictions, belief systems, and attitudes, on both important, and unimportant things. I certainly have. I am nothing if not a re-thinker, a course-corrector. I want to learn and grow and mature, and that desire is, in itself, an admission that today I’m, at least partially, small and stupid and immature.

So, if you happen to like my perspective on ______ today, just wait. Tomorrow you may not. ;)

Seriously, I hope all this change in my life has all been real growth, not just a random mix of progress and regress like the tide. I hope and trust it’s all a result of God’s work in me, making me more like Him, and less like the fallen son of Adam I am.

“But now I didn’t know…”

But, God knows. He always knows.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. — Philippians 1:6, ESV

How have you changed and grown in your spiritual journey?


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