Rachel Fitch
Sid & Cathy Batts Pastoral Resident

On Wednesday I called home to check on my husband and our 3-month-old.  “He’s been alright, but a bit fussy – he’s in a ‘mama-mood.’ ”

We have begun using that term, ‘mama-mood’ when nothing will quite calm our little one except for me coming home. Sometimes his resting in my arms or me simply sitting next to him as he plays is enough. I have to admit, it is kind of nice that he notices when I am not home and misses me as I know this phase will quickly pass, but I also feel a bit bad as until I get home, good luck…

As I think about these moods, I cannot help but think – how often are we like that with God?  How often is it such that we can only be calmed as we encounter God, perhaps through prayer or worship, Scripture reading or spiritual disciplines?

The psalmist writes, “I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like the weaned child that is with me” (Psalm 131:2).

If you are like me, I am not always quick to recognize when that is what I need – perhaps I am in a ‘mama-mood’ for God.  Yet, as we know with infants, they are always in a ‘mama-mood.’  Is this not the way we were created, to be  praying ceaselessly, our eyes open to where the Spirit is moving and calling? But it is hard to do. I fail ceaselessly, but this is the journey we are on – as Christians, as part of the Body of Christ.

As we continue in this Easter season, how do we continue to lean into God?  As so much is going on in the world around us, as there are so many reasons to worry, how do we turn to God, allowing God to calm and quiet our souls?  How do we continue to grow in our faith, praising God for the abundant love of Jesus and the way He has changed our lives and our world?  How do we witness to the way Christ’s love is the source of our hope, no matter what else is going on?  How do we, like a weaned child leaning against our mother, lean against God?