Sometimes I have to stand on my head to see things as they are, when the world seems so upside-down that this is the only position in which anything makes sense.
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
~ 1 Peter 2:2-3
Babies, once they are able to pull themselves up, experiment with many positions, often ending up on their behinds. They play peek-a-boo through hands, feet, looking through their legs, upside down, flat on their backs. It is all fun and gradually they learn to test the waters and pull themselves up, move themselves around the room by holding on to the furniture or anything they can grab. Eventually babies become toddlers and new ways of travel open up. After crawling which is an oft returned to favorite for a while, walking develops and then short bursts of running. The same goes with food, milk in its purest form is what doctors recommend, then cereal, soft foods, teething crackers, etc.
Last night, while watching NCIS the show’s adorable geek and the Pan-ish lead, DiNozzo, got chased by Dobermans. The geek, McGee, always the object of Tony’s ridicule, got to safety by relying on his legs to move as fast as they could, getting into the waiting car and locking the door on the ever chiding lead, leaving only the moon-roof accessible to his ever suave partner. The partner who dove head first ending up looking like a toddler playing peek-a-boo, with the sound and sights of angry dogs trying to reach anything they could. End of scene.
We learn to walk in the Lord in the same ways. We start out on the “red words,” the Psalms, the Proverbs. Often the first gospel one reads as a new Christian is the gospel of John. As we gain in knowledge and experience the other books find their place in our education. In moments of danger, fear, we employ all of our lessons, knowledge to help us. Even if we end up, upside down staring through a moon-roof at our partner, a lesson is learned, a new respect for someone we may have teased or overlooked becomes our own, and we move on, safe and sound.
The geek did the simple thing, the suave had to rely on all of his instincts, not his charm or cunning. Milk, full meal. Each has its place.
Come let us celebrate the diversity of the Lord’s classroom!
Because of Him,