• Melinda Eye Cooper

Baby Steps

My sweet granddaughter is nearly two years old. She’s the cutest little girl, and quite funny. She’s learned some words but struggles making her wants known. In her frustration to express herself, she can throw a temper tantrum.


Even her tantrums are funny. (At least to a grandparent . . .)


She stands still and won’t move her feet. If she moves them at all, she takes a couple of tiny baby steps. She looks around giving the stink eye.


Then she releases a huff of air in exasperation and grabs at her clothes.


Eventually, she screams at the top of her lungs. She repeats these actions as we ask questions trying to figure out why she’s upset.


When we ask the right question, relief washes over her little face; she shakes her head ‘yes’ and her fit is finished.


In my granddaughter as a toddler, I see myself as a child of God.


Especially, when I was a spiritual baby. I couldn’t quite express myself and threw some tantrums. I’m sure I gave God the stink eye and stood in place moving only with tiny baby steps while screaming loudly.


Spiritual maturity takes a long time just like physical maturity.


Most often, recognizing we’re immature is the beginning of growing up. We realize we need to seek God more to be able to communicate our frustrations. We need to know Him better and discover how He works in the lives of His children.


Baby steps need to be taken before we can run the race.


Thank goodness, God gets us. He understands our needs even when we can’t express exactly what it is we think we need or want.


Eventually, we stop having fits. We trust Him and know He’s in control of our lives. We stop giving the stink eye. We stop huffing and screaming and find rest.


We know He’ll meet our needs and most of our wants when they’re in our best interest. He’s the perfect parent.


One day, through trust and resting in His ways, we become a woman of God instead of a child of God screaming for attention at the top of our lungs.


We praise our Savior who walks with us every moment of our lives and knows our needs (even before we can have a fit over them).


Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

Ephesians 4:14 (NIV)





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