Tonight I realized that my one-year-old has a new trick: eating with a spoon. He’s been practicing this for a while, but tonight I realized just how much he has mastered the act. I loaded up the spoon with yogurt, set it on his high chair tray, and seconds later he had the scoop of the spoon in his mouth. Bite after bite, he showed me that he knew exactly what to do. The bites weren’t accidental, but intentional. I filled with pride.
My dinner observations came just after listening to Sadie Robertson on the That Sounds Fun podcast. Man, is that girl something or what? A huge inspiration wrapped up in a cute little package. She’s adorable – and filled with the Spirit. So, naturally, my toddler spilling yogurt down his chin became a Holy experience.
I realized while watching him proudly display his new spoon skills, that this is how God reacts to watching us learn something. Sure, I can spoon feed my Penguin in a quicker and much less messy fashion. However, baby-led weaning means that he feeds himself, because it is better for him in the long-run. Plus, I happen to delight in my messy little eater. 😛 If God is our Father, and we are his children, surely he takes the same delight in my learning – mess and all.
In fact, the messier, the better.
Sadie’s stories were playing in my head, and I was thinking about how so often we want the easy, quick, give-it-to-me-now answers from God. We mistakenly think that mess must not be perfect and therefore must not be of Him. But wait a second. What God did for us – through Jesus – is because of our mess. It doesn’t just add to the story. It is his story.
In learning the nature of God, I’m learning to not run when things get messy. In fact, I’m learning how to embrace the mess. I think He wants me to, just as I want Penguin to (and my husband). Where’s the fun in picking up the spoon, aiming for my mouth, and getting the bite – first try, no mess? That wouldn’t really be learning, would it? So here’s to me learning how to use my spoon, getting messy in the process. And here’s to us learning how to give the spoon back, because God has more yogurt He wants to give us.
What lessons have your little ones taught you about God’s love? I would love to hear! Comment below to share your stories.