Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Moment by Moment.

The parent/child relationship can't help but reflect that of our relationship with the Lord. Nearly every day, God gives me glimpses of how He feels for me, through my little Levi. I've always known that He loves me and that I could never fathom that type of love, but having children of my own has given me an entirely new perspective. I love that He draws us nearer to Him through the natural progression of life. I know He works differently and reveals Himself uniquely to each of His children, but He has used my children as an enormous tool in my personal spiritual walk.

The requests I get from Levi daily are bountiful. "Mommy, can you help me open this, please? Will you read this to me? Can I have this?" The sheer dependence and reliance he has on me has brought me to my knees numerous times as I realize God is asking for that same type of reliance on Him. Not for the same type of requests, of course, since I am fully capable of pouring my own bowl of cereal ... but the same concept. :) All too often it is easy for me take matters into my own hands and work them out for myself, when He shows me, through my own son, that I need help. I need guidance and I need advice from He who will lead me in the right direction - just like I aim to do for Levi. And ultimately, I need direction on how to point Levi in the right direction. Every single day.

The other evening Levi crawled into my lap and said, "Can I hold you"? (He thinks he's holding me when I hold him.) I smothered him in sugars and we cuddled together on the couch. I am so fortunate to have a two year old who asks to be held and lets me for long periods of time. I realize that's not the case for every mother, but Levi just loves to be in my lap. (I rocked him until he was almost two, so that is probably why. Oh, and how I do not regret that for a single nanosecond!) As I sat there and loved on my little lamb and soaked in every kiss, giggle and breath, I thought of how the Lord longs for the same from me. To sit. To be still. And to let Him hold me. He relishes in it and enjoys it because I am His child!

With age I know Levi will gain his independence and his self reliability and that is healthy and normal and great. I just pray that when he stops letting Mommy hold him, He runs to the arms of our Father .... knowing that the peace and love that he once felt in my lap is far superior in the presence of God.

And in the meantime, I'll be growing and running right along with him.

9 comments:

  1. Thank you for this enlightening post, thanks to Levi as an example of things in the spiritual life.

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  2. This is so very true. I think God gives us children to help us have a better understanding of His love for us.

    And just so you know, I rocked my son until he was about two also. And sometimes he asks me (at four years old) to lay in his bed for "just a little while", and I usually do. Our time with our kids is so precious, and they grow up so fast. I'm sometimes saddened at the way we're always trying to get them to do everything on their own at a very young age. And believe me I want my child to grow up to be functional and independent.

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  3. I have a lot of similar precious moments with my son too. He asks me all the mom, "Mommy, I hold you?" PRECIOUS. What a gift God has given to us moms that we can get just a glimpse of His love and care for us!

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  4. Beautiful post...I feel the EXACT same way...my spiritual growth has jumped by leaps and bounds with the birth of my 4 kiddos :) Levi is so lucky to have such an amazing mom!!

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  5. There are times when I'm disciplining Ethan about his disobedience and as I'm speaking to him, I think, "God demands immediate obedience from me as well. Shoot." The things we learn...

    But the love part, it's certainly evident in my life as well. The love that Christ has for us is so immense that I cannot even fathom it!! I know His love is greater than the love I have for my children, which is incredibly great. Amazing.

    Awesome, awesome post, Whitney!

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  6. Wonderful post, enlightening my morning.

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  7. What a precious post Whitney. I love how God is teaching you through your baby boys. He has done the same for me and is continuing to show me just how BIG HE is as I help watch my grand baby.
    Thanks for sharing from your heart. Love you sweet one.

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  8. Thank you for this post. My bible study and i are currently reading a book called 'A Praying Life" and in the chapters we just read, we have been learning to ask just as a child asks. =) I shared your post with our Bible Study. Thanks again!

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