While God Warms our Bottle

8 Mar

Recently I was engaged in conversation with a young Methodist pastor two months after his wife had given birth to a beautiful little girl. Lupe was relating how God was teaching and growing him through this totally dependent and adorable creation. He and Kelsey named their daughter Adarah, which is a Hebrew word meaning “beautiful.”

Adarah lets her hunger be known in no uncertain terms. Daddy hears and understands, but it’s necessary to first warm the bottle before satisfying her needs. Meanwhile, Adarah gets more frustrated and frantic. What a beautiful picture of God and His children. He hears and understands, but first God makes sure the bottle is warm. We doubt His goodness and believe He ignores our frantic pleas. We want satisfaction now. We worry and fret because we can’t see or understand how our problem will be solved. God has a solution.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7 NLT).

As time passes, if caregivers are consistent and loving, babies learn that their needs will be filled. They also learn to eat solid foods. Toddlers express preferences and gradually mealtime can become fun or it can become an ever increasing power struggle. So much depends on the patience and nurture of the parent as well as the health of the child.

Our heavenly Father is always loving and patient because that is His nature. However, as His children we aren’t always patient or healthy—emotionally, spiritually, or even physically. We don’t grow up. We fail to thrive. The writer to the Hebrew speaks to this age-old problem.

“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right” (Hebrews 5:12–13 NLT).

God knows our needs and takes us where we are. In the beginning we need milk.

“Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into God salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2–3 NRSV).

He wants us trust His goodness and love. He wants what’s best for us. He alone knows the future and His timing is perfect. He offers solid food through Scripture, friends, books, sermons, and even blogs.

Choose to grow.

Remember He’s warming the milk.

Trust Him.

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