Did the title catch your eye? It was intended too …
Have you ever held a baby in your arms or watched someone hold a baby in their arms? When you do, have you ever watched their reaction? If they’re upset, they usually calm down. Why is that? Because you give them comfort. Here is what some of the “experts” say:
If you think your crying baby calms down when you pick him or her up is because of the warm embrace of your loving arms, think again: there is a more scientific reason.
In fact, what happens is that their heart rate slows and they ‘automatically and deeply’ relax.
Japanese scientists say their study is the first to demonstrate that a baby’s response to being carried is a coordinated set of nervous, motor and cardiac regulations.
The researchers, from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute, say that picking up and carrying might be an evolutionarily(right … we know it’s a God Given Gift), and essential, component of mother-baby interaction.
In experiments involving ECG machines, which measure electrical activity of the heart, they found that babies’ heart rates slow down greatly as soon as they are picked up and carried.
Now, it doesn’t take an “expert” or a “study” for us to know that is exactly the truth. God created us as children to calm down in the arms of our parents.
So … next question … why do babies always feel secure when their parents are around? Again … let’s check in with the “experts”:
The attachment bond is the unique emotional relationship between your baby and you as his or her primary caretaker. This wordless interactive emotional exchange draws the two of you together, ensuring that your infant will feel safe and be calm enough to experience optimal development of their nervous system. The attachment bond is a key factor in the way your infant’s brain organizes itself and influences your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development.
The quality of the attachment bond varies. A secure bond provides your baby with an optimal foundation for life: eagerness to learn, healthy self-awareness, trust, and consideration for others. An insecure attachment bond, one that fails to meet your infant’s need for safety and understanding, can lead to confusion about his or her own identity and difficulties in learning and relating to others in later life.
Now … I haven’t told you anything you didn’t already know. I’m sure by now IF you’re still reading, you’re asking yourself, “What is the purpose of all this Brent?” I’m glad you asked.
What happens? Why does that behavior change as we grow older? Now, I’ve jumped perspective on you. I’ve gone straight to a spiritual perspective. When we first accepted Christ we wanted to be around Him all the time. We wanted to learn about Him all the time. We wanted to be in His Word; in His Church; worshiping Him; etc. We spent time in prayer. When things happened, we went to His Word for answers, or we asked other Christians for advice.
But as we grew “older” in the faith, we stopped doing that. It’s like we decided we don’t need God anymore. We can handle everything that comes our way. If that’s our perspective we will not have a fruitful Christian life. We will not have a content Christian life. We will struggle with anger, depression, frustration, lack of faith, etc.
Casting Crowns has a song out called “Just Be Held“. That’s what God wants from us in our relationship with Him. We feel the most secure when we have that close walk with Him. We make it through difficult times; unhappy times; maddening times; depressing times; frustrating times; etc. when(and only when) we have that close walk with Him. We need to be close to Him to feel that security we feel when He “holds” us.
Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”
Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, …
1 John 4:18ESV
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Now, those are just a few of MANY verses in the Bible about God providing Security for us. What are you currently facing that makes you feel insecure?
Who the next president might be?
What our religious freedoms might look like in the upcoming months/years?
What type of society our children might grow up in?
How we will meet all of our bills each month?
How we will face upcoming medical costs?
Can we salvage this relationship?
While I don’t know the answers to the questions above I do know this: God IS IN CONTROL. He WILL take care of those He calls HIS OWN. I just need to ensure two simple things:
- Do I have a close walk with Him?
- Do I strive daily to live for Him and serve Him?
Not rocket science. Not deep theology(if you know me by now, you know you’ll never find “deep theology” in my blogs).
Just a simple ….
Are you living for Him?
Is your walk Close with Him?
Be a Big Baby for Christ and “Just Be Held”.