“But I have stilled and quited my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” – Psalm 131:2
It’s been a rough couple days. Usually, I’m pretty good about checking my work and making things right. Rarely, do I make a mistake that causes issues. Not so lately. =( So, I pick myself up, bootstrap back to my feet and work. I will fall to my knees and pray but usually to no avail to calm this feeling.
I sit in my chair in my office today and pull the Bible next to me and open up to Psalms, read a few verses then I get to this one. I have read this verse before and have always thought it strange when the Bible mentions something so practical to everyday life; like weaning.
Being that Wesley is still being nursed, I decide to take a second and reflect on this verse. At first glance, I would have figured the text to say something different like, “My soul is stilled like a nursing child.” Wesley and most babies I’ve seen are calm and quite when nursing, so why would the psalmist mention a weaned child and attribute that to still and quiet? Then it hit me!
A weaned child with its mother isn’t looking for anything more than the relationship. They don’t want a handout and they aren’t thinking about what’s they can get out of being with mom. They just want to be with mom!!! A weaned child is still and quiet because they enjoy the presence of their mother.
Shouldn’t we all learn from this. Our father desires to give us spiritual milk when we are growing up, but there comes a point at which we will need to cut ourselves off. It’s at that point that we will be fed by the father, but we will be in His arms, safe and secure, and not thinking about what we can take away from the situation except for the relationship. I encourage you to sit in your father’s lap, forget about bringing your troubles to him and how He can help you out of them, and just sit. Be still, be quiet, and your soul will follow.