How Our Baby Daughter Taught Me About Misplaced Worship

Last week my wife told me a story about our daughter who will turn a year old later this month.  Our daughter, who hasn’t yet learned to crawl, is custom to sitting on the floor in one place and using her feet to turn herself around in complete circles.  As she’s doing this, she’s on the look-out for anything that she can pick up and put in her mouth.  Certainly, things like action figures and hairbrushes make the cut, but what astounds Keri and me is the way she can spot the smallest piece of “I don’t know what” and pick it up.  Last week held such an occasion when she found a speck and had it pinched between her thumb and index finger.  As my wife describes, this speck was my daughter’s treasure.  As she was about to make the transition from hand to mouth, she gazed upon it with such delight that it was hard for my wife to do what she did next.  Yes, my wife, not knowing what the speck might be, took it away from our child.  Our little girl was mortified.  She screamed, gave Keri a look of  cold-blooded betrayal, and then turned away to weep bitterly.

Oh  how we are all like that baby girl!  We turn specks into treasures and fall apart when they are taken away.  Think of all the things, experiences, and even people you have made your treasure.  As with my daughter, they surely don’t feel like specks, but when you step back to see it from God’s perspective, things start to come into focus – anything or anyone other than Christ that we make into a treasure is a speck in his eyes.   In looking at her cherish that speck, my wife could see what our daughter could not – that speck was not worthy of her adoration.  That’s what God sees when we are cherishing things other than him.  When God is there for us to adore, anything else we adore becomes a speck by comparison, and therefore, unworthy of our adoration.

I think the Sons of Korah had God’s perspective in Psalm 84:10 – For a day in [God’s] courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.  The Lord is better, and not just minutely better, but infinitely better!  Church, we must remember that God’s perspective is reality and while it is not wrong to enjoy the specks in our lives, it is wrong to treat them as if they are more than what they are.

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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