God loves children, as do all good Fathers - and so he loves as as we are.
He is in no great rush for us to grow-up to become a divine friend and companion - just so long as we eventually do (or, at least, some of us eventually do. I expect it would always be good to have children around the place; so long as they are real, children: children by their natures).
So we need not be in any great rush to grow-up either - certainly not to 'force the pace'; and not at the cost of rushing through and failing to appreciate each step and stage.
Equally there is no virtue to not growing up, in trying possessively to cling-onto what is (in general) meant to be transitional.
We ought to take the next step when we are ready to take it: take the next step then, and not before then - and we will (if we humbly discern) know when.