Our son Aaron is almost two months old already! We cannot believe how quickly he is growing up. The weeks go by so fast, but some days oh-so-slow, am I right parents?! ;) Two nights ago, Aaron had the biggest booger (yes, booger!) coming out of his nose that was clearly infringing his ability to breathe, and thus eat. It was obviously really uncomfortable. The thing with newborn noses is that you can't just stick your adult-sized finger up it and get it out for them, nor can you just ask them to blow their nose and get it out. No, you have to use one of these newborn sized nose suckers to get the things out. If you've ever spent time around newborns (or people in general for that matter), having something new introduced to them in order to make their lives better is not as easy as you would think. You see them struggling, you know exactly what needs to happen so that they can breathe easier (literally and figuratively), see better, hear more, feel better, etc. and yet when you try to help them they scream. Not just a little yelp either. No, one of those body shaking kinds of screams that says "I'm terrified of that new thing coming at me. I know I can't breathe, BUT I will take not breathing over you sticking that unknown object up my nose. I don't know what that thing is going to do to me! Do you even LOVE me?!" And as parents, we are of course trying to tell Aaron, "if you hold your head still this will literally take 2 seconds to get that thing out of your nose and you'll be back to breathing and eating again like you can't even imagine." But of course, he doesn't listen, because after all what do we know (and also, 'cause he's only seven weeks old, but still...)?
Isn't that just like us and God too? How many times have there been things in our life that are causing us to experience less than the fullness of life that God has intended for us (John 10:10), and when God tries to come and help us, we scream and holler and push God away because we're more comfortable with our discomfort than we are with the unfamiliar remedy God has for us? Even more than parents do, God wants to "pick our noses" for us and get those ginormous boogers out so that we can breathe easier and live unhindered lives. Or a more elegant image is one that Jesus gave a while back:
“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him." -Jesus (Matthew 7:9-11)
We do not even need to ask and God, in His grace, wants (and tries) to be our remedy. But then when do we actually do ask, we can know that God wants to provide for us in ways we couldn't even imagine. Sometimes those remedies appear to be even more uncomfortable than our problems, but let's trust that God's love for us is more perfect than we can even imagine. Letting God help us will always amount to breathing easier and experiencing a fullness of life we never thought possible.