Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lessons From a Baby {And Toast}

One morning this week, instead of preparing the usual oatmeal or yogurt and fruit for Caleb's breakfast, I decided to change things up a bit. My lucky little man got quite the treat with baked cinnamon-sugar toast, scrambled eggs and a banana. I knew it would be a hit. And, boy, was it.

I smiled as I watched Caleb inhale the eggs and begin stuffing the toast bites into his mouth. His pleased grin, and the crumbs that were quickly taking up residence on his milky cheeks and forehead as he rubbed his food all over his face were evidence of just how delicious he found this particular meal to be. It pleased me to make him so happy. I quickly realized however, that the pace he was setting was not a good one - he was not finishing his current bites before stuffing the next bit in. Fearing that he would choke, I took some of the pieces off of his highchair tray to help control how many he was able to grab at once. As I removed the pieces, my baby watched inquisitively, his little eyebrows going down over his bright eyes as he began to realize what was happening. He grabbed at my hand as I moved his precious toast away, and tears filled his little eyes. His tiny mouth opened wide, and I could see the remnants of at least three pieces still swimming around inside his chubby cheeks. Instead of finishing the bites he already had in his mouth, my son let out a wail that sounded suspiciously like what I would imagine would be the cry of someone being told their dog died or something equally terrible. I held firm, unwilling to let his cries sway my decision. I knew that he would be ok, and that he would be pacified quickly, as soon as he managed to finish the mouthful he already had. And I was right.



But this situation got me to thinking. How must we appear to God? 

After all, we are His children, He is our Father. He apportions our blessings just like I apportion my baby's food - in amounts that I know are good for him. Amounts that I know he can handle. I know that there are more times than I could ever imagine that my life has been full of the most wonderful blessings imaginable. So full in fact, that I can't even chew them all at once. And yet, just like Caleb, instead of sitting back and enjoying all the blessings I do have, I find myself grasping for more. Tearing at God's hand, crying furiously, and wondering why I can't have more. Why I can't have what others have. Why I can't have what I think I deserve. How must God feel when I behave like that? As my Father, I can only imagine the pleasure He gets when showering blessings upon me - just as I feel pleasure when I am able to do things that make Caleb happy. But to have me ignore those in search of ever-more? How ungrateful. How unbecoming.

Despite my efforts made to ration Caleb's bites for a bit, he still managed to sneak one too many pieces of toast into his mouth that morning. And, predictably, began to choke on the overwhelming amount. I saw his little eyes go round, and watched as his mouth opened wide for air. Springing into action, I was able to get the offending piece out of his way so that he could breathe and eat normally once again. No harm, no foul. It all happened in a matter of mere seconds, but again, was another metaphor for the pondering I'd been doing that morning. 

At times, God does step back and allow us to make mistakes. He does allow us to choke. When we seek things that are not His will for our lives, you can bet the outcome is not going to be great. I'm the first to admit that I've choked many times. I grasped for the things I thought I wanted, only to find myself strangled by wrong decisions. Fortunately for me, my God is a loving God. A forgiving God. And I am so undeserving. 

I guess you could say Caleb taught me a lot during our breakfast that morning. The lessons one can learn from a baby. And his toast.


13 comments:

  1. Cinnamon toast, so deliciously yum!!!!!

    What a strong and thought provoking post. All God wants to do is protect us and help us, but sometimes he knows we need to 'choke' before we learn His ways. Love to you sweet lady!

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  2. Amazing how He works and how He teaches us through everyday life. Love you and so excited to be a sister in Christ with you. And now I want cinnamon toast.

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  3. This is such a wonderful, well-written post!

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  4. Great post today, it is so true... Isn't it funny how He works through little things like breakfast in the morning?

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  5. This was so beautiful. Trace does the exact same thing with his food, as I think all baby's do. I've never thought of it in the way that you did and I will never view Trace's meal times the same. And THIS is why I love blogging. A simply blog post can be so powerful! Thanks for sharing your thoughts pretty friend!

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  6. I do the same thing with cinnamon toast :) Thank you for this reality check this morning! I was honestly just about to buy a pricey purse that I don't really need to spend the money on and now I realize I really don't need it and am perfectly fine without it. Love when God opens your eyes to what is really important in unexpected ways!

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  7. I definitely needed this today. I've been having a bit of a pity party for myself this week. I know it's normal. I know people have these from time to time. Thank you for the realty check today. Love you!

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  8. Amen! It's amazing what everyday moments with out little ones can teach us!

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  9. Such a wonderful post! Cinnamon toast + God + your baby make for a memorable morning :). Xx.

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  10. What a beautiful lesson! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  11. LOVE the basket. Mom and I are going to make B his Easter basket tomorrow...although I may not put anything in it this year. Your little guy is so sweet!

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  12. Such an amazing lesson!! And what a yummy breakfast!

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  13. WOW. This is beautiful. I've had several moments like this lately - I'll have to share them with you!!

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