8/22/11

The Bottle

Becoming a parent has been hands down the most amazing experience of my life. I knew I would love that baby that was growing inside of me, but I had no idea just how much my love for him would encompass my entire being.

He is growing each and everyday and becoming a little more independent. It sounds so strange to call him independent, because he still relies on us for everything, but slowly and surely you can see his little personality forming.

He has started this new thing where he completely goes crazy when he sees us preparing his bottle. Sometimes, even if he didn't show any prior signs of hunger, when he sees us beginning the process of making his bottle, he will just about come out of his skin trying to get to the bottle.

We will measure the water, pour the powder and shake up the bottle and the whole time he will flail his arms grunting and whining loudly trying to show us in every way he knows how that he needs that bottle right this instant.

I know he can't comprehend it yet but I always tell him "Eli, I would never let you starve, never ever, I will give you this food as soon as it is ready." If I gave him the food before the formula was properly mixed it would be gross and would not give him the proper nutrition that he needed.

One day when I was preparing his bottle it hit me like a ton of bricks; this is so similar to my relationship with Christ.

How often is our relationship with Christ like that scenario with Eli and the bottle? God is working in our lives in some way but we do not comprehend it. The way He is pruning us and preparing us is something that we don't understand, but we know that we must wait on Him, that everything He does for us is for our best interest. We can't even comprehend why He would make us wait when WE CAN SEE IT RIGHT THERE, but He knows why. He knows what nutrition we need, why we need it and when.

As we grow in our walk with Him, His voice becomes easier to decipher and sometimes even easier to comprehend. We still may not understand why He does something, but we have learned, through faith and past experiences with Him that He looks after us, He cares for us and He is leading us, even if it seems like we are at a standstill.

This is where I am today. I can see God shaking that bottle and I so badly just want Him to give it to me, but it isn't ready. He still needs time. I still need time. I really don't understand why I need more time, so I'm whining and grunting and maybe even stomping my feet, but He remains true to His word "he works all things out for the good of those who love him".

So even though I can't understand His ways, I can comprehend that he is a good God, a just God, a loving God, and he would never, ever, ever, leave me. He just needs to shake the bottle a little more because the ingredients aren't quite ready.

28 comments:

-Lauren said...

That was incredible. So true! One of my favorite posts ever...I kinda want to print it out.

Shelley said...

What a great lesson! Thank you! It is so true.

Claire said...

What a wonderful lesson!

Cxx

Kristy said...

Loved this! I agree that is so true.

Jess said...

I love this! So true!

Lauren said...

GREAT GREAT GREAT!!!!! :) Love this, Megan and so so true!!

Amber said...

What a wise little lady you are! I will definitely be tucking this nugget of truth away. Thanks for sharing!

Ashley said...

I needed to read this today! So thank you!

Taylor said...

This is an awesome post, and I think it is so so so true! Thank you!!

A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

I love how God uses every day moments to teach us something really profound. (-:

~Kathryn

Lauren said...

this is a really great post...and I definitely needed this today, thanks for such a great illustration!

Jayma said...

LOVE.

Mrs. Sassy S. said...

Megan, Thank you for writing this. I've been reading your blog from a far and have never left a comment before but this post has me coming out of my hole. I believe you wrote this post just for me. My husband and I have been TTC for almost 3 years with no luck and today I could hear God speaking through your blog to me. Saying to not lose hope. So thank you!

Alex and Jill said...

It's amazing the lessons God has taught me through Amelia. Great post. Praying for you guys...as you wait on that bottle. :)

Love you, friend!

Faith said...

I love this post and boy can I relate. I'm so thankful to have seen part of His answers finally revealed for us lately, but I'm still waiting on more. Thank you for sharing this lesson =)

Rachel said...

FANTASTIC post!!! I needed that reminder today!!!

The Christian Wife Life said...

Waiting can be so hard, especially when we are trying to figure out what in the world God wants for us. Thank you for the reminder that His timing is perfect and that He's preparing us for His best. :)

Much love,
Ashley

Lulu said...

This was just beautiful, thank you for this.

And post a video of Eli's arm flailing, you know blogland wants to see! :)

Sara said...

This was such a great post and I can definitely relate. There are things that I am praying about that I want answers to so badly, but I just have to keep trusting that He'll answer when it's time. Waiting is such a hard thing for me to do! Thank you for sharing :)

Bethany said...

Megan! Today I wrote on my blog about how God is teaching me so much about his care for me and my relationship with him as I mother my children. I really never saw such clear portraits of Christ until I became a mom. Now its analogy city.

I think we could be in real life friends. You know, pilates and jimmy john's friends. I'll let you know if I ever go to Oklahoma, you let me know if you come to Missouri.

Oh, and another thing? My baby is 4 months old. And a very cute girl. Hint Hint.

Another thing - my husband is always wearing the same gray shirts in photos. He has 3 or so, and they are always in the photos! It looks like I take all the photos at the same time!

My blog is mamabethany.com, and you should check it out to see a photo of my little cutie, too. :)

alongdistancelovestory.com said...

You have such a way with words...
And I don't even think you know how important this post was for me to read. Amazing.
(And I totally remember my kiddos getting SO happy to see me make their bottles... flapping their little arms around and the noises that would come out of them! I miss that!)

Kristen said...

What a wonderful post. LOVE.

Smile Steady said...

I'll agree that this is one of my favorite posts you've written. Well said! :)

Whitney said...

Great post, girl. SO TRUE. I love how God reveals Hinself in new ways through our children. Amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

What a great post. It is such a perfect illustration. I love the lessons we can learn from being a parent. God reveals himself so much in the neatest ways. I'd love to see Eli getting so excited about his bottle!

Miss E said...

Hands down, one of my absolute favorite posts ever. Such a great lesson and perfectly illustrated through your comparison. I can see my own bottle shaking and need to stop flailing my arms. This is the perfect reminder for me to practice patience and trust in my God. Thank you for this, Megan!

Mama H said...

A friend of mine shared your blog with me and I can't tell you how much I needed to hear this. Thank you for sharing your heart with everyone. Our family just went through a failed adoption a few weeks ago and I needed to read this tonight. Thanks again for posting. It is certainly a nice reminder that God hasn't finished 'shaking' things out for our family. :)

~Mama H

LAURA@laurasblondemoments said...

Aww I love this! Being a parent is definitely the best thing in this world. I love how God shows us as parents ways like this that he is always there for us too :)

Laura
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