My few weeks old baby stirs signalling that he is hungry, he opens his mouth & turns his head into a nursing position. He continues for few seconds, if I don’t respond (early cues).
For mid cues – he increases the pitch, starts to stretch, puts his hands in his mouth, turns his head from left to right and back to left and again.
If I have not responded, he starts late cues, he gets restless, the cries get a lot louder, kicks his feet, at this point I just can’t ignore. No matter the task I was doing, I drop it and attend to this child. I automatically respond.
My baby makes a demand I just can’t ignore. He demand for his right, “breast milk”. His expectation is to be nursed hence he takes that position. For reasons beyond me and as designed by the Creator, I respond to his demand.
Realise that my baby nurses till he is satisfied, he dictates when to stop, after all, the source of supply never runs dry.
“Nations will give you what you need. It will be like a child drinking milk from its mother. Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who saves you. You will know that the Powerful One of Jacob protects you.” Isaiah 60:16 ICB
The experience with my baby brings the verse above home. Nations will respond to me when I make demands, if I am persistent and expectant (Prov 23:18), I will get all I need to my satisfaction.
I have been pondering on the story of the widow of Zarephath and Elijah in 1 Kings 17: 1-16. My eyes and mind have been fixed on verse 9. God told Elijah, “Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and stay there. Behold, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you.”
On getting to Zarephath, we discover that this widow had needs and in fact was poor. She was happy to serve Elijah water when he requested for it however notice that when he requested for food, the widow had a story to tell. The intriguing part of the story is that God had said earlier that He had commanded this specific widow. Surprisingly, it was not recorded in the bible that God pre-informed this widow about the prophet’s visitation.
In the absence of detailed background of this widow; I make a guess that she knew God and therefore believed the words of prophet Elijah and thus followed his instructions? Or could it be that she felt propelled by “something” within her to be sacrificial and generous? If God had pre-warned her, would it have changed her disposition?
Linking it back to my day-day activities; there is a possibility that I have acted the ‘role of the widow’ in people’s lives without necessarily realising that I was following God’s script or aware that the recipients of these good acts were under specific instructions.
I woke up quite early the other day to participate in a prayer meeting. My gorgeous daughter was wide awake and showed no sign of sleeping hence I took her with me to the meeting.
It was a meeting where everyone prayed in the spirit passionately and earnestly. Listening to such combination of voices and utterances would not be symphonic, I don’t think. Quite surprisingly, my daughter slept off peacefully on my chest in the noisy environment. It seems to me that the more the prayer intensity, the deeper my daughter slept. It was either she could not be bothered with the noise or she was feeling really sleepy or she had an assurance that all is well for she was with her mother.
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
There and then I remembered the story of Jesus Christ in the boat during a storm. Christ slept off in that noisy state not necessarily because He could not be bothered or He was feeling really sleepy but for the truth that He was assured of the presence of His Father.
Likewise, Christ has extended his invitation to many. Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matt 11:28-30
“For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world”. Heb 4:10