For those of you who are acquainted with our family, you all know Sarah. We say she’s the spark plug of the bunch. She’s always full of energy, always talking. And she’s always loved babies. She loves holding them. She loves snuggling them. She loves comforting them.
Her first introduction to baby care was when Josiah was a newborn. Sarah was three years old, and she loved taking care of Josiah. She could calm him like no one else could. She would rub his head, sing to him, talk to him, whatever it took to help him stop crying.
One day she was playing with baby Josiah while I worked around the house. After a while I noticed something strange. Josiah would cry, Sarah would calm him down, then he would begin screaming again. After hearing the same pattern a couple of times, I stepped around the corner to see what was going on. Imagine my surprise to see Sarah loving on Josiah to calm him down, then when he was calm….pinching him to make him cry so she could do it all over again!
Now, I’m definitely not saying that the Lord is like Sarah. Pinching us just to make us cry. But I do believe there are times when we get a little too comfortable. A little too set in our ways. A little too confident in our own righteousness. So He just gives us a little spiritual pinch.
It might be something our pastor says. Or something a friend calls us on. It might even be something a stranger mentions about our attitude. OUCH! Those pinches tend to make us mad. They make us want to justify our actions. Or to point out a bigger wrong in someone else.
But those pinches have a purpose. They are to wake us up. Make us grow a little more. Help us leave behind some spiritual immaturity. Remind us not to get to comfortable, not to conform to this world. So the next time you feel that little pinch, don’t get mad. Grow up!