Lay aside immaturity, and live, and walk in the way of insight.--Proverbs 9:6
It seems like we're always trying to grow up. Just when we think we've 'got it,' we suddenly find ourselves swimming around in a cauldron of childish behavior. We lose our temper, or spend our money foolishly, or make a decision without thought of consequences, or give in to selfish indulgences, or speak words of passion we later regret.
When we're acting immaturely, we are eagerly listening and responding to our inner impulses with abandon. They seem right, and we think they will make us feel right. We hardly stop long enough to breathe in the faint fragrance of insight, much less give quiet thought to the proper response to the urgency we are experiencing.
The word mature comes from the Latin word 'maturus' meaning ripe. As we lay aside immaturity, we become ripe for the greater possibilities of life. We slowly shed the stilted garments that hold us captive to our emotions, and find ourselves opening up to a deeper and more insightful life.
When immaturity holds you in its grasp, and your soul is drooping like a fresh bloom wilting from lack of moisture, you may find yourself wishing for just that insightful life. You may notice that you want to halt your puerile pranks. You may long to step off the endlessly revolving track of your charged emotions. As soon as you become aware of these feelings within your soul, give in to them - just give in to them. Let yourself become like a soft peach in summer sun, waiting in stillness for the warm wisdom of God to bring you to the fullness of life.
O God, let the random nuggets of wisdom wend their way through the emotional shards of my soul until a deeper breath begins and I walk with understanding.
These meditations by Renee Miller first appeared at explorefaith.org
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