Thursday, June 3, 2010
June 3 – At the Breast
When the infant leaves its inductive existence in the womb, where it need only BE in order to BE, there begins immediately a need for an INTERACTIVE and PRODUCTIVE life.
The newborn baby must nurse in order now to be fed and grow . . . in order to live. Being is no longer sufficient. Very few infants nurse flawlessly on the first attempt . . . not only must the human infant be PRODUCTIVE from the first day of life, they must be SUBMISSIVE.
What a thought! It is not unusual for a newborn to fight the experience that will keep it alive, to want to suckle and to fight the frustration and newness of the struggle. In the final analysis, the baby submits or perishes.
Oh!, that we would bring our souls before God and be nursed in the Presence of El Shaddai . . . the Breasted One. No more than that we would deprive an infant its life milk should we deprive our souls the nurture of the Spirit and Word of God. No wonder there is a “failure to thrive” syndrome at times evident in the Church! No wonder we speak and sometimes it is as if the wind had blown over, dry and without dropping any rain upon barren ground.
When the Presence of God works His divine induction, there will be a divine production. The “land” of our souls will flow with milk and honey. In our presence, having been in His, shrinking, atrophied souls will thirst and suckle faith one more time . . . those around us, weak and staggering. We will teach them by the Word of God first in our lives, our countenances, our hope, and by our testimony, that with El Shaddai, all who seek, find, and the thirsty may come by special invitation:
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. (John 7:37)
"Rise Up, My Fair One, and Come Away"
Song of Solomon 2:13
photo by Kerry