Julie and I are fortunate to have a pretty calm baby. Micah is generally a happy little guy smiling most of the time, sleeping through the night and hitting his milestones with grace. When he does let out a cry, he typically needs fed, needs a change of scenery or needs a good nap. Every now and then however, he will cry for what seems like no reason at all, leaving Julie and I wondering and guessing what he really wants or needs. Sometimes you just scratch your head and wonder how this cute little thing could possibly be miserable.
Let’s take a moment to consider a baby’s life:
- You get to sleep as much and whenever you want.
- You get to eat on demand.
- There is no shortage of attention, and all people want to do is hold you and smile.
When I look at a baby’s life, I wonder how any little tyke could find anything to shed a tear over.
Watching a short-lived cry-attack from my son this last weekend, I couldn’t help but smile. We aren’t so different as adults. We are finding things to complain about left and right that have no significance on life. We complain and whine about the weather, finances, other people, our jobs and our surroundings. We cry out in anger at the driver that just cut us off on the freeway, and we spread the tears to those we talk to on the phone. We tear up the beautifully landscaped path in front of us and focus in on the dirt.
Wasn’t it Christ that told us that we need to quit crying all the time? Just like we do as parents with our children, He has already taken care of all of our needs.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Hold your arms up like a child and God will smile back. The sooner we understand the depth of His love, and trust in His goodness, the more full our lives will become. My son does not have the perspective to look at his life in such a way to recognize the full extent of his blessings—but you and I do.