“I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.” -Psalm 131:1-2
I have always loved the analogy of Psalm 131:2. Before a child is weaned of breast milk, she will often refuse to sit quietly on her mother’s lap. So close to her source of food, she will fuss for it – especially if it’s close to feeding time. But as she grows and begins to eat table foods, she’ll learn to sit, calmed and quieted, on her mother’s lap.
Likewise, as we mature in Christ, we’ll learn that we can trust Him to provide our needs at just the right time. We’ll learn to self-soothe when we’re waiting for Him to meet needs by sitting in His Presence, praying, studying His Word, and remembering how He’s cared for us in the past. Calmed and quieted, we are able to rest content.
I gleaned a new insight about this the other day, though, as I focused on part of the previous verse: “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.”
As I go about my day, every day, there will be tasks that I can handle, problems for me to solve. Accomplishing these things leaves me feeling pretty good. But when I come across something that impacts me or my family that is out of my control, I can become anxious. I’ll be tempted to devote a lot of thought and prayer time to wondering how the issue will resolve itself or begging God to fix it right now. Both of these are a waste of energy.
God wants me to learn to discern the difference between what is my responsibility and what is not. I can then devote my resources to doing my part while calmly trusting God to take care of His. Even if my concern involves choices that other people make that will impact me, God is in control. He knows all about the situation and is working it out for my good, for everyone else’s good, and for the glory of His name.
Does this mean I don’t pray about it? No. It just means I learn to pray differently. I don’t run to God in a panic demanding that He do something right now. Instead I calmly tell Him what’s going on and how I feel about it. Then I leave the matter to Him. Calmed and quieted with Jesus in charge, I am able to rest content.
Lord, please help me to do my part and trust You with the rest – content. Thank You for Your constant care. Amen.