I’m wide awake tonight and my 17 month old son is fast asleep. It’s been almost two days since he has nursed or shown any interest in it. I’m wondering if he is weaning. And, while I’m grieving the possibility of losing that relationship and bond, I’m so grateful for it! There were times in the beginning that I wasn’t sure we were going to make it.
As I reflect on our nursing relationship, I have a few thoughts I’d like to share about one of the verses I’ve grown to love a little more because of my Little Little.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 1 Peter 2:2
1. God created it that way. God designed babies to crave their mother’s milk, and He designed us to crave His word. I wonder if we engage in all the wrong things because we are just trying to satisfy the craving for Him?
2. A mother’s milk contains the perfect blend of nutrients to offset a weak immune system. We absolutely do NOT have what we need to survive without Him– His salvation, His Son, His Word. Our immune systems to sin are weak, and we need the nutrients our Bibles provide!
3. Nursing increases the bond between the people involved. As mother and child engage in the nursing relationship, the affection and bond deepens immensely. The mother and baby often gaze lovingly at each other. The child latches and releases hormones that please the mother. The baby is satisfied. It’s just a beautiful relationship and experience. When we rely on God’s Word and dig in often, we have no choice but to be closer to our Father.
4. Milk straight from the breast is always the right temperature and the right serving size. True story! And so is God’s Word. It is always timely, perfect, applicable, relevant, and filling. Taste and see that the Lord is good! (Ps 34:8)
5. Nursing is an on-demand thing. The more you need, the more there is available. And God’s Word is always available to you. Always.
6. Nursing not only nourishes but also comforts. Sometimes, it’s not about learning something or getting this fantastic new spin on a passage you’ve read numerous times before. Sometimes it just feels good to read His Words.
7. Milk changes composition as the baby gets older and their needs change. As you grow and change in Christ, the nourishment you receive from Him changes. The more time you spend in God’s Word, the more your understanding of it will change. You’ll begin to receive different things. You will grow, and change, and learn. And His Word adapts to your needs. Incredible, huh?