As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 2: 2-3 (New King James Version)
Different translations of 1 Peter 2:2-3
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation; now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:2-3 (New International Version)
You've had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deeply of God's pure kindness. Then you'll grow up mature and whole in God. 1 Peter 2:2-3 (Message Translation)
..looking unto Jesus, the author [originator] and finisher [perfecter] of our faith... (Hebrews 12:2)
Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. I love that! He is writing the story of my life, from start to finish. He knows all of the interesting twists and turns it will take, all of the characters involved, all of the conversations I will be having and the settings in which they will happen... And He even knows the glorious ending. He will be right there, with all the host of heaven, cheering me on as I cross the finish line.
We need spiritual parents when we are newborns in the faith-life -- fathers and mothers mature in the Lord who will cuddle and feed us, look down with adoring eyes and sing over us (and leave the changing to God.) Feico, the gentleman who led me to Christ when I was 23 years old, became a spiritual father to Lee and me seven years later, after we were married and had young children. God knew we needed a spiritual father!
We corresponded with Feico on a regular basis for over 25 years. His wisdom and counsel were always grounded in the Word of God and he introduced us to the spiritual classics by A.W. Tozer, Andrew Murray and C.S. Lewis. He passed on to us his love of God's Word, laying a foundation in us upon the Rock of Ages, brick by golden brick.
Occasionally, he would send us cards he had made with a photo of the Dutch countryside on one side and a verse of Scripture on the other in his careful calligraphy. These cards always seemed to arrive when we were in desperate need of encouragement or that particular word of counsel from God's Love Letter, the Bible. This was our first understanding that God is very present to us through our relationships and that His timing is always perfect.