In 1885 German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus introduced the concept of the "learning curve." The curve is a graphic way to represent the difficulty of mastering a subject over time. It can be plotted on a grid, with "the time for learning plotted on Axis X and the percentage of learning plotted on Axis Y."
That sounds an awful lot like math. No wonder I'm confused! I've felt that way quite a bit of late.
Right now, "social distancing" is an appropriate way for us to love our neighbors as ourselves. But the practice has forced us to navigate a sharp and sudden learning curve. Unable to meet in person, we're trying to learn how to meet online. Listed in order of occurence, the results have been: confusion, frustration, aggravation - and progress!
The life of discipleship is just like that. When I consider the most important lessons of my spiritual journey, I'm reminded that I didn't volunteer for any of them. Growth in Christian living usually happens by necessity, not choice. We face some trial or circumstance that teaches us the depths of prayer and the sufficiency of God. We become better people for it. I guess that's why the Bible keeps reminding us that our challenges are God's opportunities in disguise.
Those opportunities never seem to stop coming.
That's the other thing I've learned.
"Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."