When asked to say her ABC’s one of my granddaughters had the habit of starting out clearly and purposefully declaring “A-B-C-D-E-F-G”…then she mumbled a few sounds and finished strong…”X-Y-Z.” To her, the first and last parts of the alphabet were important, the letters in between were gibberish…just not that important.
Reflecting on this last week, it came to light that in my life, like my granddaughter, the middle letters (or years) were gibberish too me…not that important. I started out my spiritual walk really well, then I found myself in years of spiritual darkness and finally recovered around 50 years of age and am currently walking in Christ desiring to finish strong. In life, I started off my ABC’s clearly…then mumbled some godly sounds in the middle…and now finishing up purposefully “X-Y-Z.” I don’t like talking about my spiritual, middle letters(years). Why? I am not pleased with what went on in my mind during those years with very little productive Godly output in my life.
However, I have come to realize my middle years were huge in my spiritual walk. God needed to break me to use me. Without those years I could not have understood in real terms Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” or my life verse, Proverbs 3:5&6, “5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.” With God, the “middle letters” are ultra-important. He needs those “letters” to make us look like His Son.