Being Like a Weaned Child

I recieve these daily emails to help me stay exposed to God’s Word even if I don’t open a Bible that day.  Today’s message just really resonated with me because I fight frantic feelings a lot and these words just gave me a measure of peace and assurance.  I hope it helps you too.

NACR Daily Meditation
Monday 24th of November 2014

I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. 
Psalm 131:1-2

A weaned child in the psalmist’s culture is a child who can walk and talk. It is a child who for many months has been nourished day and night at it’s mother’s breast. Every time the pain of hunger came, the child enjoyed the powerful combination of having its stomach filled with warm milk while being held in a close, intimate embrace. Messages of love and valuing flowed into the child’s spirit while the life-sustaining milk flowed into its body.

Love and nourishment are the soil in which security grows. A weaned child still needs to eat. But, it is not frantic about its next meal. It has learned that it’s needs are important, that they will be noticed and that they can be met. Because of the love and nourishment it has received, a weaned child has grown secure.

Recovery is like being loved and nourished until we can be weaned. We don’t grow out of having needs – our goal is not mere self reliance. Rather our goal is to experience love and nourishment. As we do so, we gradually become less frantic about our next meal. We grow. We heal. Eventually a new kind of security grows in us – not the security of toxic self-reliance, but the security that comes from nurture. We become less frantic, less fragile. Our souls become stilled and quieted.

Nourish me, Lord. 
Nourish me with your love.
Calm the frantic feelings within me.
Grow a sense of security within me.
I want to be able to sit quietly.
Like a weaned child.
Secure in your love.

Copyright 2014 Dale and Juanita Ryan


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