Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Breathe {inspiration for Wednesdays}


Little ones instinctively know when they are being held, don't they?  We can put them on the softest blankets, press a button to create the sound of an artificial heartbeat, even dim the lights and control the temperature.  But they will still stretch and fuss, even just a little, as though we've placed them on burlap and there is no position comfortable.  There are little whimpers, jerky movements with the hands and feet which startles them all the more and no amount of "shhhhhhh" and patting them on the back seems to bring peace.

However....scoop that same child into your arms.  A magic spell is cast over them; eyes close and they fall into the most peaceful slumber imaginable.  Their whole body relaxes at the touch of skin; the sound of little breaths become rhythmic and calm.  Though they may be bent and folded in funky ways, defying all chiropractic knowledge, they find their perfect "sleep number" on hard working biceps.

Once in those arms, they give in to total trust.  They don't ask where they are being taken, why they are being softly bounced, or what tune it is they hear being hummed.  They simply know they are in arms who will take care of them...and can rest peacefully in that.

We would do well to learn this childish trait - this giving ourselves over completely to the Arms of Love.  We knew it instinctively once as a baby and somewhere, to our detriment, we outgrew it.  To learn to rest and trust in the embrace of God may be the toughest "developmental milestone" we adults need to move towards....but it is what we are made for.  

Moses once reminded the Israelites (after they had been delivered from Egypt and spent 40 LONG years wandering in a desert) "how God, your God, carried you as a father carries his child, carried you the whole way until you arrived here."  The same is true for us....God longs to pick us up and carry us THE WHOLE WAY until we arrive.  Our job is to stop fussing and trust the Arms that hold us.

May we all practice giving in to the embrace of God.  As He picks us up in our frenzy, may we feel our bodies relax and go limp with complete trust.  May we know that He's got us and will carry us the whole way.

Breathe, smile and go slowly.

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