Our daughter went to a Montessori School. It seemed like a very good system where children advanced at their own pace.
However, it required close observation and intervention by the teacher to keep things moving forward.
One of the teachers shared that their greatest challenge was getting children to move on to something less familiar after they had achieved success in one area.
The feeling of familiarity and success translates into a false sense of security for many of us. We often do not see giving up the familiar as growth. We see it as loss.
As I get older, when I find I cannot do something anymore, it concerns me. I long for the “good old days” when not only could I do those things, but they were easy!
However, when I look back, I realize how mercifully God eased me into the next phases of life, giving me new things to do and new ways to do them.
God shows the same Mercy in our physical bodies. Skin cells quietly drop away without our even noticing. New skin grows. Same with hair and even other parts of our body.
When it is time, God does something new. Instead of worrying about what He is going to do, we should rejoice in the certain knowledge that He has The Plan and it is a Good One!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
When we ponder giving up this body, we should also look forward to what God has planned next Perhaps the discomforts of this present body are just God’s Nudge that better things are coming!
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of Glory beyond all comparison!
2 Corinthians 4:17
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth!