Friday, March 15, 2013

Milk


As the mother of a 1-year-old who really enjoys his bottle, I’m thankful for milk.  I mentioned in Rocking Chairs that I love the ability to spend a little quiet time with my little man (while he’s being still!) as I rock him to sleep with his bottle.  That wouldn’t be possible without the milk in the bottle.

Occasionally, we run out of milk, and I’ll put warm water in.  He rocks and drinks it just as well... but he doesn’t go to sleep as well.  He usually goes down sometime between 6:30-7:30pm.  Tonight, even the car isn’t putting him to sleep at 10:00pm!  Not that he’s fussy or anything (blessings!), just awake.  The milk seems to help prepare his tummy for the fast during sleep.

Milk helps little ones to grow and prepares them for the next step.  God does this with His children, too.  Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 3:2a:  “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it.”  

Even though I have been a Christian for more than 20 years, I think I have found that the discipline of being thankful (which has been easier with this blog) has become my spiritual milk.  It really is a very basic principle of following God, and has opened my eyes to a whole new and wonderful world, filled with blessings, contentment, joy, and peace, just to name a few.  Not that I was completely void of these things before, but it is a basis off of which I can begin to eat more solid food.

And I rather enjoy my bottle.  I think it is important to note that milk is still useful to supplement the solid food.  Were I to stop my discipline of thankfulness, my foundation would crumble, and  my solid spiritual food would be useless to me.  Rather, we are to not only have milk.  These basics must continue to be practiced alongside the more advanced principles.  

The most famous example of this is in 1 Corinthians 13:  “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging symbol.”  Let us not forget the basic principles of Christ - why we do what we do.

I thank God for His working in my life through this blog, my spiritual milk.  I pray that it blesses you, too, and that He would lead you to search out His workings in your own life, producing in you the thankfulness and trust that He deserves.

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