2008-10-03 - Mwa and mm-Hum
When I kiss my 4-month-old son, Justin, I usually may a little noise as I kiss him. I guess that lip smack noise could best be spelled M-W-A. When I hold him to get him to go to sleep, I often pull him close to my face and softly whisper "mm hum" to him. This is a lot like the mouth closed lazy way of saying yes; at least in the neck of the woods I live in it is.
About a week ago when I held him to my cheek to get a good slobbery kiss, he went "mwa" back to me. Since then we've made it a little "mwa" trading game where we do it back and forth a few times. It so delights me. I just cannot tell you how my heart melts when he mwa's me back.
To top it off, he also makes mm-hum noises when he is getting sleepy. He has evidently been doing that a bit longer but I first found out about it a few days ago when I was holding him late at night. Old news to my wife but it still thrilled me.
Those things really made this verse in Ephesians come alive to me.
Ephesians 5:1 - Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
Just as my dear son imitates me, we are to imitate God. Sure when any child imitates their parent it may not be quite right but Paul did not say, "Be a mini-me for God". He also didn't say, "Be an exact copy of God." He did say, "Observe God and do your best impression of him."
Just as it thrills me when either of my boys tries to be like me, don't you just know it must delight our Father in heaven? Be God's delight - imitate him.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted