Lessons from a New Baby, Part 1

As most of you know, my family has recently been blessed with a new baby. As you would imagine, we’re exhausted from sleep deprivation and all of the new responsibilities. But most of all, we are overjoyed.

As I sit up in the night, rocking the baby back to sleep, or watching my wife take such sweet care of Maple, I often think of different lessons that I’m learning from these sweet moments and extra duties. Since I get to stay up late thinking of these lessons, I felt it was appropriate to at least share these lessons in a series of bulletin articles so you can benefit from my late night ramblings and often incoherent thoughts.

My first lesson is just how much oversight these new babies require. They are entirely helpless. We take for granted what abilities we have that we did not begin with. Maple cannot see but a few inches in front of her face. If she wanted to see the world around her, she’s unable. She cannot lift her head so she might look around. She cannot roll over to get a better view. She cannot crawl, walk, or get anywhere she wants to go. She is entirely dependent on us for her transportation.

Not only is she immobile, she cannot even feed herself. Left to herself, she would starve. She would dehydrate. She would have nothing of nutritious sustenance.

She is unable to communicate. Sure there is the exasperated cry and the annoyed fussing, but other than those explosions of auditory emotion, there is no understanding what she needs or wants.

She needs us to clean her up after her body does its duties (See what I did there? Pun intended). You get the point. She is helpless.

This was us when we lived without God. We were helpless:

“6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-- 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5.6-8).

Just like Tiffany and I are thrilled with the opportunity to display our love to our new bundle of joy, doing even some humbling jobs which require us to get our hands dirty, we find that God was willing to do what it took to care for us as His creation so that we might become His children. While we suffer sleepless nights for our children, God suffered the loss of His only Son. While we feed our baby girl, God offered us His Son as the Word to give us the spiritual sustenance we need. While we move our child from place to place and keep her comfortable, God gave us directions so we might move from this fallen world to a Paradise and Land of Rest. While we will work hard to keep our baby from falling or getting hurt, God protects us from spiritual forces beyond our power and comprehension. While we will over time enjoy the words our little Maple will learn to say, God has communicated to us in words we can understand so we might know His Will and obey it completely (cf. Eph 5.17).

God truly is an amazing Father!