The Well-Fed Child

well-fed baby

The past weekend I had the gift of seeing a good friend of mine who now lives in Spain. She has three children, a 2 1/2-year-old and 8-month-old breastfeeding twins, yes, I said it,

Breastfed twins.

She was siting down a good part of our visit.

Which took me back…I can remember returning to work about 6 weeks after my daughter was born: I dropped her off at the sitter’s house around 6:15 every morning and wouldn’t see her again until 4. It was slightly heartbreaking the first few weeks for a number of reasons, but mostly because she refused to take the bottle and at first just starved herself until she was absolutely famished and downed the bottle faster than you can say, “Are you hungry, dear?” All that to say, it wasn’t really mommy who would pick her up from the sitter it was THE MILK MACHINE. So, at first, there was the recognition of, “Oh, that’s mommy!” And then the thought: “Oh, let’s eat, I’m starving!” and the fussing would commence…

Which puts Psalm 111 in a whole new light for me:

My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.

If you watch a breastfed baby in its mother’s arms long enough, they will turn, fuss, seek out a meal. But imagine the weaned child: content, complete, satisfied to rest and hang out. They have simply calmed themselves in her presence. We can take a hint from the Psalmist when we hunger, let us remind ourselves:

1) God is completely aware of our need (The eyes of the Lord or on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to his cry. Psalm 34:15)

2) We don’t have to concern ourselves with matters beyond control. And when we think about it: What is in our control? Not a whole lot, really. One of my favorite sayings is one from my pastor: “Look your best, be your best, do your best.”  When we’ve done it all, then we rest.

3) Like Israel, put your hope in the Lord. This is where our strength, our courage, our contentment–each one–comes from.

What troubling circumstance have you found rest in right now?

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