When I (Erick) made the transition from high school at Minnehaha Academy to college at UW-Eau Claire I had one big prayer: to find good Christian community. Most of my life had been spent, up to that point anyway, in Christian community. Whether it was church, youth group, missions trips, Ble classes, or just my friends from high school.
What you also have to know about that transition time in my life is that I thought I had completely mastered Christianity. After years of studying the Old Testament and the life of Christ I had memorized dozens of Bible verses and knew all of the books of the Bible.
To be honest, I thought there was nothing more the Lord could teach me. I must have missed 1 Corinthians 13:9-12 which states: “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”
On this earth we will never “know-it-all” when it comes to faith. This is a lesson I learned seven years ago.
I never would have thought that I would need to re-learn this lesson, but the past few weeks I had been feeling like I wasn’t sure what God was going to teach me next. I wasn’t sure what was left. But then, in a passage I was all to familiar with, God knocked me over the head with the realization that I was starting to feel like a “know-it-all” again.
The most difficult thing to realize was that God won’t be “rocking my world” every moment of my life. Sometimes He’ll take me on a gradual journey that takes me from one place to another slowly, and I don’t realize I’m going somewhere new until I’m already there. But we’re always learning, always growing. Much like it says in 1 Corinthians, now we know in part.