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Lessons from a 13-Month-Old

By, Kaitlyn Gellos

Whatever I am doing, my 13-month-old wants to be with me.

If I am making breakfast, Joel is babbling from his highchair, or loudly saying, “Mamama-ma-ma!” if the food hasn’t arrived fast enough.

When I am teaching school lessons, he is at my feet or on my hip.

While I am washing dishes, he bangs on pots and pans he has pulled from the cupboard beside me.

If I sit down to drink my coffee, he squeals and crawls quickly for me, convinced that whatever is in my mug is something that needs to be shared.

As I begin to fold clothes, he takes that as his cue to start unfolding them, throwing them on the floor, then picking them up and proudly handing each item to me.

It struck me as I was putting on makeup at the bathroom mirror (and he was opening drawers and cupboards beside me) that the way he views me, in some ways, is the way I should relate to my Father. Desiring to be in His presence all through the day.

It would not be natural for a baby to be content to see their mother for 10 minutes in the morning, then not think about her or desire to be with her the rest of the day. It shouldn’t be natural for me to check Bible reading from my to-do list and then not think about my Creator the rest of the day. What kind of a relationship would that be? I submit it would not be a thriving one.

So why should I not think about Him while I’m up to my elbows in dirty dishes and soap suds? Why not talk about him when I’m bathing my baby? Why not pray to Him when I am searching for strength in a difficult situation? Why not thank Him when He provides that needed strength? Why not play His Word on my phone, when I’m fixing my hair and face in the morning.

God is not far away; unreachable and impersonal. He wants a relationship with me!

- He desires closeness. James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you.”

- He desires our love. Deuteronomy 6:5 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

- He desires our trust. Psalm 9:10 “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

He chose me. He redeemed me. I am His and He is mine! Just like my baby is happiest in my presence, I want to find joy in my Father's presence throughout the day.

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