SHINE: Growing by the Spirit — Exponential Growth, Exponential Shine!

SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Exponential Growth, Exponential Shine!

© 2010 Tonya M. Evans

April 26, 2010

Life is dynamic. We are in constant motion. Either we are moving forward toward the ultimate fulfillment of the Creator’s plan for our lives or in the opposite direction. But one thing is for sure, we are never standing still.

Of course there are certainly times when it feels like we are stuck and unable to make any progress. That period of seeming “inertia” can make us feel as though we may never make any forward progress, despite our best efforts to break free from our false notions of can’t, don’t and won’t.

And then sometimes … whew … it’s like someone has taken control of the proverbial wheel and is pressing the gas pedal to the floor and gunning our engine while we are frantically pumping the brakes. It’s like we are speeding completely out of control – against our human will – toward some unknown destination at a meteoric pace. Everything around us races by and is blurred by the dizzying pace at which we seem to be advancing toward some undisclosed destination. In those times we think to ourselves, “God only knows where I’ll end up.” Exactly! Only God knows where we’ll end up when Spirit takes over and guides us through a period of what I call exponential growth.

When we experience an exponential growth spurt, it can certainly be an exciting and really fun ride. More often than not though, it’s downright frightening when we feel we are no longer in the driver’s seat and we have no idea where we are headed. In times of such rapid growth, we are often propelled beyond our zone of comfort and forced to rely on God’s power and wisdom as we face our deepest fears and, perhaps, lose everything we hold dear. Things happen very quickly and with an intensity we think will break us, especially if we are fighting against the Creator’s plan for our lives.

I imagine this is when God’s smile widens just a bit. Because only God knows for sure that our latest breakdown is the only process that can lead us to the next level of spiritual maturity. So periods of exponential growth are necessary stages to get us to the next breakthrough on our spiritual journey. They are essential times of development to strengthen our relationship with God by requiring that we rely on His understanding – not ours – in order to fulfill our ultimate purpose. The ultimate purpose that only God knows!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

So next time you sense that life is picking up speed, you are out of your comfort zone and life lessons seem to be coming in rapid succession, know that you are moving in the right direction. Just make sure your seatbelt is securely fastened, and thank God that Spirit is moving within and all around you. Know that you are loved and protected, and trust that you are moving full steam ahead and growing exponentially toward your most amazing, brilliant self as the Creator encourages and indeed wills you to SHINE.

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One Response

  1. Life is dynamic. I thank God for Proverbs 3. It has been the bedrock of my life. Indeed, it has guided my life more than any single chapter.

    Thank you for this post, and may God bless you and keep you.

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