Posted by: Bethany Davis | May 15, 2012

Motherhood lessons: receiving God’s gifts

At first, Vera had difficulty breast feeding. She couldn’t seem to latch on and receive the milk she so desperately needed. It was frustrating, as a mother, to know that what she needed was right in front of her! All she had to do was accept it. She didn’t have to prepare the milk, heat it, or even move toward it. All that was done for her.

I wonder if Christ is like the mother who offers the breast to her child, but the child fails to latch on. He longs for us to receive the grace, mercy, and love He is offering. Yet, so many times I think I don’t deserve it, or try to work for it. Just as I know Vera can’t feed herself without me, why do I try to earn Christ’s goodness — which no amount of good deeds will get me! I need HIM — the only way to receive.

I am reminded of Matthew 11:28-30. (This verse seems to come to mind often when caring for a newborn!). “I will give you rest… come to me…” All we have to do is come and take — He is the one who gives and teaches. When I’m tired from the day (or night time feedings), i can turn t him for His “yoke is easy and [His] load is light.”

The best nourishment Vera can get is from breast milk — it’s sweeter and perfectly designed by God to make her strong and healthy. Failing to latch on and receive keeps her tasting what is best for her. Christ’s love and blessings, just like salvation, are being freely offered to me. While there may be a need to sacrifice my plans and control, there is no cost or ability to earn it. What God has is far better than what I think I want!

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28

Lord, I want what you have for me. Giving You control is difficult, but I trust You. Thank you for using my daughter to teach me how stop trying to earn Your love and blessings, and simply receive. 

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