Though a novice to the baby world, I am quick to realize that they can teach us invaluable lessons. My learning from this exciting world began with the entry of our newborn girl this April.
Even though they can’t talk, a newborn or toddler can get all they need through their amazing expressions. They are not scared of expressing their emotions. I still clearly remember my baby girl’s stare when I was trying to swaddle her for the first time with my shaking hands. She seemed to be questioning my swaddling skills with that one look. Sometimes a cute smile from her makes me feel like I won the lottery! I am impressed with her ability to cry at any moment. Sometimes, she may be smiling and within a second, she can switch gears to crying. Most of you may have your own memorable moments with babies as well.
Crying out to God does not mean you are weak but it means God is stronger.
How do babies have such incredible candor in expressions? I think it is linked to their innocence and thereby nothing to hide in their heart. Apostle Paul commands to follow this when he says “In regard to evil be infants” (1 Cor 14: 20). Unfortunately, as babies progress in age, they learn to mask their emotions and thoughts. Why can’t we be like babies in our conversations with God? Though our human interactions necessitate filtering and balancing our expressions it doesn’t have to be the same way with God. He knows what is in our heart. So, when we come to His presence we don’t have to pretend that we are fine or happy or strong or good, while we are not. We limit ourselves from enjoying our relationship with Him if we don’t admit to God our true state or need.
The psalms are the best example of heartfelt expressions among all the books in the Bible. In fact, it has the most occurrences of the word ‘heart’ each of which by itself can be a study for heartful devotions. Psalm 34:18 says “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart.” If anything is troubling you, don’t hesitate to come near to God and share your concerns or fears with Him. God is not meant to be our last resort for our problems. His hands are always open to receive us and His ears are always open to hearing from us. Crying out to God does not mean you are weak but it means God is stronger. David conveys this idea when he says, “When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” (Psalm 62:2)
The strength of a relationship is measured by the rate of gentle and genuine sharing of emotions and thoughts.
Dear friends, is there any barrier preventing you from heartfully talking to God? Don’t hesitate to pour out your fears, doubts, and needs to God. The strength of a relationship is measured by the rate of gentle and genuine sharing of emotions and thoughts. Going by that standard, how strong is your relationship with God? What would be your response if God showed you some candid photographs of the true status of your heart?
Dijo John – Renew in Knowledge Core Team Member