Diapers and Dependence

Posted on January 22, 2011. Filed under: Children | Tags: , , , , |


     Today I had the privilege to babysit (Child mind) the beautiful 5 month old Noemi.  Being from Chile, Noemi has dark hair, large brown eyes and beautiful features.  In the morning, Noemi’s mommy gave me all of the baby “equipment” – a seat for the child to sit in, a book to read, a towel to wipe her face, a toy to play with, a bottle to drink, a chew toy for teething, a dipper bag, a change of clothes in case of an accident… the list goes on.  And my husband thinks I’m high maintenance!!  I ought to introduce him to Noemi.  That’s how babies are, they need things.  They need their mommy to wake up at three every morning to feed them.  They need their diapers (nappies) to be changed every couple of hours.  “In a baby’s first year, new parents will have purchased an average of 2,788 diapers.” (kidsgrowth.com)  Let’s have a moment of silence to honor every mother who has ever changed diapers!  Babies need their parents to keep them dressed in warm clothes… especially with the weather Northern Ireland has been facing this year!  Baby’s needs are so clearly seen.  And, as I discovered today, if they don’t get their needs met, they will cry.  Noemi cried when she was hungry and when she needed to be changed.  We, as adults also have needs.  However, they aren’t always clearly seen.  And we don’t cry to show we need something… well, most of the time.

     Once our physical needs (oxygen, food, water) are met, people need safety, love and esteem. (Maslow’s hierarchy of Needs)  In order to stay safe and feel secure people stay away from dark allies and purchase alarm systems.  Second, we want affection and need a sense of belonging.  People look in church, school, work, and online to find love.    Finally, we have a desire to be valuable & esteemed.  We get our hair done, paint our nails and shop for cute clothes in order to lift up our self-esteem.  Every single person has these three needs. 

     All of our needs can be met by our heavenly Father God.  God protects His children.  “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thess. 3:3) God loves His children. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) God values each one of his children. Psalm 139:13-16 says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” 

     If one little baby takes so much work to feed, dress, clean, and change; think of how much work it must take to put up with all 6,895,160,270 people in the world.  Yet, God takes care of us.  Our very existence is dependent upon Him, whether we know it or not.  Spend time today with your heavenly Father who can meet all of your needs.  And if you don’t know this personal, loving God, you can discover Him in the Bible. 


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Lyns, well said!! Also, the pictures were very cute:)

Thanks, Noemi is adorable!

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