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No longer stinky
Katie Augustine
by Katie Augustine
February 26, 2024

My son is 18 months old, and while I love him dearly and he can be painfully adorable sometimes, other times—he drives me a little crazy.

One struggle I have with him right now is changing his diaper. He loves to run and climb and play and hates having to stop those activities to get his diaper changed!

A typical diaper interaction goes like this: The stench of his diaper fills the room. I advance toward him to pick him up. My son screeches and runs the opposite direction because he knows what’s coming. He complains the whole time I’m laying him down, twisting and flailing, refusing to comply as I work his clothes off and a new diaper on as quickly as I can. He is my child, and I’m doing my job as a parent to change his diaper, but—phew!

I always thought of the concept of being a “child of God” in such a sweet, comforting, and grateful way—and it is the biggest blessing of life to be so loved by God that we are part of his family—but as I fought through a chaotic diaper change with my child recently, I thought about the first word in the phrase in a new way.

We are children of God.

Stinky, defiant children who often run away screeching from our Savior.

Children are beloved, precious, and a joy, and they can also be immature, whiny, and rebellious. Parents and children are not equals in power, and we are not equals with God. In this life we don’t call the shots or wield the power, no matter how much we want to. In God’s eyes, we are his children!

Just like my son hates when his life is interrupted by a diaper change, we as shortsighted humans often hate when our lives are “interrupted” by God’s plans for us. We scream at God in prayer (or out loud) when events don’t go our way. We are infuriated when we feel as if we are being forced to submit to God’s handling instead of following our own plans and desires. No one likes to feel like their life is outside of their control!

However, the God we serve is a perfect Father despite the fact that we are far from being perfect children. He knows we are steeped in the odious problem of sin, and that’s why he sent his Son to take away that smelly sin and make us clean. We aren’t what we once were. As the apostle Paul says: “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).

God loves us so much that he refused to leave us squalling and helpless in the muck of our sinful state. Our Father washed away all our sin through the work of his one and only Son, Jesus. We may have been stinky children at one time, but thanks to Jesus, we no longer are.

As we are reminded that we are God’s changed children, may his intervention in our lives be something we cherish. May we read God’s Word to grow daily in spiritual maturity so “we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14). May we spend time with Christ in prayer and live out the blessing of a daily relationship with our eternal Savior. May we trust that even though we feel at times that our lives are out of control, we are children and our Dad will do what’s best for us.

We have the best Father ever—so don’t forget that because of Jesus, you are no longer stinky but God’s forgiven child!