There’s this magic that comes over a person’s heart while they watch an infant. Seeing them move, listening to their coos and giggles. When you get beyond just the simplicity of their joy, I begin to wonder “what is their little mind thinking about?” It’s really rare when my mind is drawing a blank and I’m not actively thinking about something. There is no way to know what they may be thinking about. They have no worries, no concerns about their future and what is going to happen to them.
The babies aren’t thinking and trying to figure out how they’re going to pay the bills, what they’re going to eat the next meal, if they have enough clothes, if they’ll stay warm enough through the winter, if they are making the wisest choice…they trust in their caretaker. They are happy and content in just playing and entertaining the adults around them.
In this same way, we as adults should long for this same level of trust in our Heavenly Father. As I rocked the infant to sleep yesterday I was struck with how trusting they are. They fall asleep, curled in the warmth of our arms knowing they are safe and protected. Provided for and loved. Then I jumped to a different picture…the picture of Christ lovingly holding us in His arms, protecting us from the world’s dangers, caring for our every need. Matthew 6 talks about this: “25Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (NKJV)
Look at the creation around you, everything exists because He made it. He gave everything order and nothing, not the smallest flower, bird, field, animal, etc. goes on without Him taking care and providing for it. When you think of yourself as an infant…totally dependent on a loving Father (God the Father) to provide your every care…it allows me to rest easier, knowing I don’t need to concern myself with that.
God delights in watching us, like a parent who watches their child! He loves spending time with us, loves talking with us, and loves watching our faces break into smile because we’ve recognized the beauty of His creation. All these things are proof of His love for us. Don’t forget, He is our Father…and will therefore correct us if we err in judgment, but it’s a deep abiding love that makes Him bring us into His arms and curbs our wrong decisions.
So, the next time you start worrying about where the money is going to come from, which job is the better option, if you should further your education, who your spouse should be, what you’re going to eat at the next meal, if your friends really love you, or one more of the thousands of worries that we allow ourselves to fall prey too…just think of yourself as an infant sleeping in your Heavenly Father’s arms. For me…I’ll just be really honest, sometimes it works better than others. And that’s okay…it’s a process, and Christ will be with you every step of the way. It’s learning to trust more, learning to depend on God. When facing a boat-load of worries, here’s what I do…pray, write them out (I promise, most times when you see them written out…they’re not as intimidating or overwhelming), meditate on how God answered your life’s “dilemmas” before, how He has miraculously provided for you, count your blessings and listen to some uplifting music!! Also, it helps to have a friend with whom you can share your concerns with…also, remember perspective!
There’s this song I heard recently talking about how every storm runs out of rain (by Gary Allen) …here are some of the lyrics:
So you’re standing in the middle of a thunder and lighting. And I know you’re feeling like you just can’t win but you’re trying. It’s hard to keep on keepin’ on when you’re bein pushed around. Don’t even know which way is up, you just keep spinning down around and down.
Every storm runs, runs out of rain. Just like every dark night turns into day. Every heartache will fade away, just like every storm runs, runs out of rain.
It’s true. Psalm 30:5 says “For his anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (NKJV) Keep pressing on, don’t give up in the hard places…I promise, the view is ALWAYS better after the storm!! Don’t let worries drown you, place your cares in the Father’s hands. He’s waiting to help you, waiting to do miraculous things to ease your mind.
I’ve had a dear friend, with whom you can share anything with and they would almost always ease my mind and draw my focus back to what God was doing. That’s the key…look big picture. Right now it may not make a whole lot of sense, but that’s okay. Someday, you’ll look back and it’ll make more than enough sense!! Remember…a baby’s trust, that child-like faith…is what we all should aspire to have!