By Amy Wootton
Babies have different cries. There is the ‘hurt cry’. Many times I’ll be home and I hear a big thud from upstairs. I usually stop and wait to see if that thud will be followed by a delayed scream (resulting in me sprinting up the stairs, which totally counts as cardio). If there is silence then all is well. There is the ‘my diaper is dirty’ cry, the ‘I’m tired’ cry (me too, sister), the ‘fake’ cry, and the ‘I’m annoyed’ cry. But there is one cry which is unlike the rest. It’s a distinct, hungry newborn cry. It is unrelenting and nothing will satisfy until that baby gets some milk.
I remember when we had our very first baby. My husband likes to describe the hospital experience like camping (minus everything that goes along with camping). He was off work, the summer Olympics were on, people brought us guacamole and chips, and the best part of course, he just had his first baby. Life was good. I, on the other hand, did not share the same sentiment. I was struggling to even walk to the bathroom post baby, let alone dig into some chips and dip. That night we put our brand new precious baby into the nursery. In the middle of the night, we were asleep in the hospital room and there was this baby screaming at the end of the hallway. You could tell that the nurse was wheeling the baby closer and closer. Eventually, they ended up at my door. My door! It was my hungry baby. Nothing was going to get her to stop screaming until she got some milk. Welcome to motherhood!
God creates babies to cry out in desperation for milk and nothing else will satisfy! What is the result when we feed our babies? Obviously, they grow, they advance, they learn, and they get bigger. That little nugget who was screaming her head off while they wheeled her down the hallway is now 6 years old and she has changed and matured so much!
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. 1 Peter 2:2-3
I think we need to take a cue from our sweet little babies and cry out to God for more of His guidance, His peace, His strength, and His presence. Christ alone is where we find the nourishment to grow and mature in this spiritual life. The simile that Peter uses here is this: “Like newborn babies, you must crave.” He didn’t use this terminology by accident. He wasn’t saying, “ask once, and when you do, request in a weak and feeble way.” No, we come to God in a persistent, desperate and unyielding way. Remember those long nights when your baby was waking up to eat? Can you still hear that cry? God is wanting us to cry out to Him like that so we can grow into a full experience of Salvation.
Just like you want the best for your baby, God wants the best for us. He doesn’t want us to stay a spiritual newborn. I sometimes tease my three girls and say, “please, don’t ever grow up and leave me. Stay with me forever.” But in reality, that would be horrible of me to wish that on my girls. If they never grew up, never matured, never moved out and created their own lives, I would be hindering them in the plans God created for them. God is wanting us to crave the things that come from Him so we can develop into who He created us to be. Then we can make a huge impact in this world for His Kingdom. Glorifying God and pointing people to Jesus is ultimately what it is all about!
When is the last time you got all alone with God and really sought His presence? I am not asking when is the last time you went to church, or when is the last time you read your Bible. Both of those are incredible and imperative to a healthy Christian life. But when is the last time that you cried out to God because you wanted more of Him and nothing else would satisfy? Not for an emotional chase, but for a holy pursuit. A pursuit of more of Jesus!
God is a perfect Father. A Father who loves, cares and wants to nourish our souls. He wouldn’t give us the instructions from 1 Peter if He wasn’t willing and able to help us to grow. Seek Him and cry out for more. Nothing else will satisfy!
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
Amy is married to Jared Wootton. They have two precious little ladies, Gable Claire and Layla. Jared is a talented chiropractor in Cordova TN, and Amy stays home with the girls. Together, they are a part of the worship team at their local church. Amy absolutely loves to teach the Word of God with simplicity and conviction. As a mom, she is serious about pouring the Truth into her children, and also throwing some manners in there as well. Amy’s desire is that her children will follow after the Lord wholeheartedly, and that God uses her to impact this world for His Kingdom!