Our granddaughters got a new puppy about 2 months ago. It is a golden retriever and he is very smart. He can do more tricks than I can! He was only 8 weeks old when they first got him, but he has been growing fast. The girls brought him over the other day to introduce him to our dogs. We have two little weenie dogs, and they aren’t very big. When the girls came over the other day, they came in, looked at our dogs and they both exclaimed, “My goodness these dogs are SO SMALL!” Now our dogs are the same size they were last year when the girls stayed with us for a couple of months. But the girls’ perspective has changed. They have been spending all their time with their new puppy and he is growing so much that he makes these other dogs look so much smaller.
Their remarks about how small our dogs look now made me think of a Bible verse. In his second letter to the Church, Simon Peter exhorts believers in 2 Peter 3:18 to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” I love that verse. And I love the encouragement for us to grow in regard to our knowledge about the Lord and His grace. As we spend more time with Him and come to know Him better, our perspective will change. Some day we will look back and come to realize that the things of this world aren’t quite as big or as impressive as we once thought they were. And that’s not a bad perspective to have. As the hymn writer says, “The things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”