DayBreaks for 10/06/05: Being Taught by Babies
This was in our worship bulletin on Sunday, and I think it makes a point well and reminds us of something that should bless and encourage us all:
“I’ve got friends who have a baby that’s learning to walk. Whenever their baby tries to stand and take a step or two, he stumbles and falls, but then he gets right back up and tries again, only to fall once more. He doesn’t give up, he keeps trying over and over to walk to his parents. Do you think his parents scold him or tell him he’s worthless, and he’ll never make it? NO, they smile, courage him, and applaud his efforts, they even assist him a little. They don’t expect him to perform perfectly, instead, they boost him up spiritually and physically because they understand he’s just learning to walk.
“Our Heavenly Father loves us, and As a father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has mercy on those who fear Him, (Ps. 103:13). God tenderly forgives us and encourages us to repent, get back up, and walk with Him again and again. Proverbs 24:16 says, Though a righteous man falls seven times, he will get up, but the wicked will stumble into ruin. God’s people will stumble and fall, but they won’t be destroyed because He’ll forgive them. With his help, they’ll get back up and keep walking toward Him. However, when those who don’t know Him fall, they get stuck in the quicksand because they can’t rescue themselves.”
They also wrote a poem, part of which I’m sharing here:
“Did you ever see a baby who’s learning to walk?
He doesn’t seem to mind when he falls.
He never even thinks to give up on it all,
He picks himself right up and keeps on.
And I’m learning to walk with the Savior,
And I stumble and tumble and fall.
I’m embarrassed by my bad behavior;
Sometimes all I can do is just crawl.
“Ever hear a baby who’s learning to talk?
Her syllables make no sense at all.
Her father doesn’t mind; he just sites there enthralled,
Waiting just to hear his name called.
And I’m learning to talk with the Father,
And I fumble with words when I pray.
But to the Lord I am never a bother;
He just longs to hear me speak His name.”
Be blessed…your Father is not embarrassed by your falling, even when all we can do is crawl. And when you feel your prayers are weak and faulty, all He wants is to hear you call His name.
PRAYER: Oh, Jesus! How wonderful to be reminded of these simple truths of your love for us and patience with our weaknesses! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>