Babies are awesome! My husband would disagree with me. He thinks babies are just “little pink Yoda’s that spew baby body fluids.” Well, he’s right about the spewing part, I suppose, but they are also amazing little creatures that can melt even the coldest heart with one little smile. When they grasp your finger with a tiny hand or fall asleep in your arms they are pure innocence and can almost make you forget about the troubles of the world. What an amazing gift!
Unfortunately, those “Gerber moments” are just that… moments. In real life, the other 22 hours and 37 minutes of the day are filled with feeding, crying, dirty diapers, feeding, cleaning spit‐up off of the arm of the chair (…again), laundry, crying, diapers, bath time, feeding, searching for the last lost pacifier, diapers, feeding, laundry. . . you get the idea. It’s amazing how one little critter can require so much. Babies rely on us for their every need.
Here comes the segway: we are God’s babies. Now don’t get me wrong, we can’t remain like infants in our knowledge and understanding of Christ (Hebrews 5: 13‐14) but we must learn to rely on Him for our every need.
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Now, there’s a difference between a screaming baby that needs to be fed or needs a diaper change and one that just wants attention. We need to be wise about the petitions we bring to our Heavenly Father and make sure that we’re not mistaking our wants for needs.
When we don’t get what we want, if we’re not careful, we might be tempted to think He’s not listening to us. The cool thing is, unlike frazzled mommies and daddies who can’t always figure out what their babies are trying to tell them when they cry, our Heavenly Father knows exactly what our cries mean. He knows exactly what we need because He uniquely created each of us.
He knows our circumstances, our finances, our relationships, our schedules, our hurts, our hopes, our hearts. He knows how to sort through the swollen eyes and snotty nose to get to the root of the problem. Matthew 6:8 tells us that our Father knows what we need even before we ask Him. How cool is that?
I have to admit that there have been times when I have neglected to rely on God for my every need. Times when things were just clicking along and I didn’t really feel “in need” and it was easy to just kind of handle things on my own, to my own glory. Of course the wheels would inevitably fall off of the wagon and I would be overwhelmed. I’ve had to humbly cry out for God’s forgiveness for my arrogance and for His saving grace to pull me out of whatever pit I found myself in. I’ve always been a self‐sufficient “get ‘er done” kind of gal. It’s hard for me to rely on somebody else to meet a need. What I have to remember is that God isn’t just somebody else . . .He is God. Father. King of Kings. I suppose if He can create the universe and keep the world spinning on it’s axis, He can provide groceries or strength to put one foot in front of the other. I just have to lean into the promise of Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” God wants to walk through all 24 hours of every day with us. He wants to share in those “Gerber moments” and He wants to help with the “laundry”.
Babies are awesome, because they rely on us for their every need without angst, without fear, without giving it a second thought. In light of that, I guess I had it wrong when as a kid I would get mad if someone called me a baby. Now, as I continue to grow in my walk with God, I want to be the biggest baby in the room.
© Copyright Lori Higgins.
Lori is Zac’s mom and Lilah’s favorite mother-in-law. She’s been married to Lance for 23 years and lives in sunny California. She loves to spend her days outside fiddling and fixing things around their yard. Together, they love to spoil their kiddos (us!) in huge ways and we could never thank them enough. Throughout the year, you can always find her catching up on the latest sports game. She’ll definitely be the one to educate our little man on one of the most important topics in life: baseball!