Monday, June 27, 2011

Skin on Skin

I have been thinking about when my kids were born. At some point, while I was in the hospital with each one of them, I was told that their temperature was a bit low. To solve this problem, the nurse had me completely undress my baby and place him (or her) against me, skin on skin.

It always seemed a bit strange to me. Seemed like the baby would be warmer by bundling up in more clothes or blankets.....but that's not what worked. What worked was both of us becoming completely vulnerable and getting as close together as possible. Very quickly, we both could feel the effects of this skin on skin method. We became like toaster ovens and soon, my baby would be out of danger and thriving again.

Isn't that like the life that God has designed us to live? We tend to think that when we aren't doing well, that we can just isolate and bundle up more and somehow warm ourselves up enough that we get ourselves out of danger and thrive again. But we couldn't be more wrong! God wants us to live in community...accountability and mentoring. HE wants us to become vulnerable and live so closely with others that we warm each other, get each other out of danger, and thrive again...all done skin on skin.

Who are you helping to thrive? Who is helping you? Try living skin on skin and see how God warms you up enough to really live!!!!

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Love this analogy. So true, and I needed to read this. That's when I'm most vulnerable & when Satan makes his big move....bringing deceptive thoughts of people. Negative thoughts of others creep in my mind before I even know what's happening. Thank you so much, Lisa, for this reminder & encouragement. We need to do this for each other always. Love & blessings to you & your family.....jamie