The stages of a child’s growth are much like our growth in the things of God. Your parents help you through each stage, guiding you along the way. You start out defenseless, relying on them for your food, and care. You then get teeth, begin to crawl, and then walk. You are a little more sturdy and beginning to do a few things on your own. At no time were you without the help of your parent or someone else experienced in life. This is the same way we grow in the knowledge of the Holy. The Lord is our guide. He never leaves us on our own. He slowly takes us into the living water, first in the shallow where it’s only ankle deep. Then He takes us a little deeper so the water is knee deep. It’s not as easy to walk, but you’re in a little deeper. Then He takes you into the water past your waist. He measures again and then takes you in over your head where the water is so high that it’s not passable and you must swim. Then He leads you out. He’s with you every step of the way. Growing in the knowledge of the Holy doesn’t happen all at once. Be patient with yourself, it’s a process. You’re growing and eventually you will be swimming in the living water that’s flowing from the temple!
Going on eastward with a measuring line in his hand, the man measured a thousand cubits, and then led me through the water, and it was ankle-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and it was a river that I could not pass through, for the water had risen. It was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. Ezekiel 47:3-5