Baby Animals

I love babies! Baby humans, baby cats, baby dogs, baby (almost) anythings. They are cute and cuddly, small and fragile. Lately I’ve seen peachicks (baby peacocks), kittens, and puppies. I’ve noticed something common amongst baby animals lately: they follow the “Mommy.”

Baby animals seem to know where their mother is at all times. When she moves, they move. Where she goes, they go. When she settles in for a nap, they settle in (except maybe baby humans) too. As I reflected on how cute this is, I asked myself a question: How close do humans stay to their parents?

Of course, when we are young, we require so much from our parents. We depend on them for food, shelter, and love. As we grow older we become more independent. That’s the way that we are designed. Yet, our Designer intends for us to always stay close to Him.

Joshua said this to the tribes of Israel: “Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all His ways and to keep His commandments and to cling to Him and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,'” Joshua 22:5 (ESV).

So learn a lesson from the babies. Stay close. Watch your Father. Watch what He does around you. Listen to your Father. Listen to what He says to you through the Bible, trusted preachers and teachers, and through godly counsel. Cling to your Father. Don’t wander off from Him.  This often happens when we pay more attention to what is going on around us than on what our Father is doing. It happens when we stop the routine of going to church. It often happens gradually, yet soon we are lost.

Try this: Play a game of “Follow the Leader” with your child. Skip, jog, and and walk in a zig-zag line. Remind your child to do what you do and to follow closely behind you. Once every family member has had a turn, take a minute to debrief. God wants us to follow Him. Can we follow Him if we look at our own feet or at someone else? (No) In order to follow God, we must watch Him, listen to Him, and stay close to Him. Say a family prayer of recommittment to stay close to God.

One thought on “Baby Animals”

  1. First, I want to say how nice and important a blog like this one is to a Christian family – both our own Christian families as we sometimes need the support and/or guidance of others who have gone through or are going through experiences we can learn from or draw strength from and our church family for much the same reasons.
    I am not sure what has brought me on this blog today and not yesterday or tomorrow but the truth is that really isn’t for me to question – I’m here and I’m grateful.
    After reading this particular blog entry I was bolstered by new found strength that I may still reach my little ones, whom have decided that their number one joy and duty is to tell on one another. I have been blessed with three lovely children who show me each day that God loves me. Lately we have struggled with their ability to show each other that God loves each of them through their own actions. We have incorporated time at every dinner to talk about what we have done for someone else to make them feel good that day as well as what someone has done for us to make us feel good. We reflect on our day and I encourage them to take the good things in their day and see each day as a good day rather than reflecting on the bad and concluding their day was a bad day. They love this daily time, even if at times they have a harder time remembering the good; it’s the one time I can honestly see them help each other remember the good times. Still my ultimate goal of sibling respect and appreciation seems to be missing the mark.
    After reading about the baby animals and the way they follow their mother and after being reminded that we are called to follow our father in much the same way, the bible verse Luke 18:17 of the New International Version (NIV) reminds me that the innocent manner in which a child trusts their parents we too must trust our father, 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
    Thank you for this simple yet poignant blog entry. I shared it with my children, we played follow the leader and followed up with a discussion about following God, our father and listening to the voice within that is trying to tell us to do the right thing (God’s voice) My older son is already stopping and thinking before he says or does something hurtful to his younger brother and although we have only begun to use the follow the leader analogy it is looking promising so …my family has grown from my reading this blog. Thank you.
    Marsha, mother of three.

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