Six Truths I Learned from My Six Month Old
Human relationships teach us a great deal about our relationship with God. There are numerous “one another” passages that tell us how and why we should love each other. Every scenario is ultimately rooted in God.
Possibly the best relationship to teach us about God is the parent-child relationship. It occurred to me one day that while I haven’t heard a full sermon at church in six months nor have I truly focused on anything for more than about five minutes since becoming a mom, I am experiencing the love of God in a new way.
- There is nothing we could ever do to make God love us more. I am overwhelmed with the love I have for Annabelle. There was one occasion in particular that a thought occurred to me: “Is there anything she could do in her life to make me love her more?” I thought of various accomplishments she could have or different things she could say or actions she could take. The answer was quickly, “No.” There is nothing she could ever do to make me love her more. And so it is with God.
- There is nothing we could ever do to make God love us less. With the same token, I once wondered if there was anything Annabelle could ever do to make me love her less. And once again, I thought of different scenarios, possible poor choices, actions and so on. The same answer came to me again. Nope. Sure, there will be disappointments in her life. She is human. But anything she could do to make me love her less? Not even close. And so it is with God.
- We need God for everything. For. Everything. Even as I type these words I can hear her starting to cry as she wakes up from a nap. A baby is wholly, 100% dependent on the parents for everything. Unfortunately as we grow older we often forget how dependent we are on God. He is our Giver and Sustainer. The physical blessings we have come from God just as much as the spiritual. And unlike a child who will eventually become independent, the more we mature in Christ the more we realize our complete dependence on Him.
- Growth and development is expected from a child. Just as a child moves from milk to solid food as he or she develops, we as believers do the same if we are maturing in Christ. “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Hebrews 5:13-14)
- Fully trusting God brings peace. No matter where we are or what we are doing, Annabelle does not worry. She is not concerned about what she will eat or what she will drink or what she will wear. When she is held she often flops around, leaning forward and backward without any thought that she could fall to the hard ground if we were not holding her. I often think how nice it must be not to have any cares or worries. And yet I could have that same peace if only I trusted God as much as she trusts me.
- A father’s presence is the best place to be. Remember how Stuart brings order into chaos? Annabelle can be crying and when Stuart puts her in his arms, she calms. There have been times when she is crying up a storm but when her dad walks in the room, she smiles. A father’s presence should bring stability and peace. And so it is with God.
While I thought I was the one doing all the teaching, it turns out God has taught me a great deal through my baby. Utter dependence on God. Everlasting love. Peace that passes all understanding.
I thought I wanted to be the parent. But I think I will just be a child of God as long as possible.