Baby steps: Prince George’s and ours
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{source}<iframe style=”float: left; border: 1px solid #000000; background-color: #C0C0C0; padding: 2px; margin: 10px; -moz-border-radius: 3px; -khtml-border-radius: 3px; -webkit-border-radius: 3px; border-radius: 3px;” width=”400″ height=”225″ src=”″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>{/source}The press was eager to report the latest news about the future king.  Prince George was at a charity polo match that his dad was participating in. Kate set the small prince on the ground, held his hand, and helped him toddle around on the grass.  I think three horses could have collided or Prince William could have scored a miracle goal, and every camera would still have remained focused on little George instead.

I tend to watch the news reports as they pop up through the day.  Suffice it to say that Kate Middleton’s wardrobe and anything about Prince George are hot topics, all over the world.  I felt so sorry for Kate when the photographer caught a picture of her just as the wind caught her skirt, while on a trip to Austrailia.  Of course…the photographer said he gave all the money for that photo to charity.  Personally, I would have suggested he keep a little of that money for himself so he could enroll in a course on good manners and etiquette.  How sad that even after all that happened to Princess Diana, the media still invades and intrudes on the private lives of those in the monarchy.

I do think Kate seems to be handling the attention fairly well.  She is a beautiful, poised woman and I have enjoyed seeing the photos of her with her son.  She obviously loves her family.  It will be fun to see Prince George grow up.  I just wish the world would be satisfied with the pictures the family chose for us to see.

Prince George is almost a year old.  I’m sure those first birthday photos will be much sought after.  I’m getting ready to write this year’s Advent book for our ministry.  We were talking recently about the cover art and I was wishing I had a photograph of Jesus, the day he was born.  I wish I had a photograph of Mary, as she held his hand and helped him take his first baby steps.  I wish I had a photograph of the 12-year-old Jesus in the temple, speaking with the leaders.  I wish I had a photograph of Jesus, at any age.  

The Bible says, “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).  There is so much about Jesus that we don’t know, and I can only imagine what we will learn one day.  But we know that Jesus was born a baby and “grew in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52).  Even Jesus started out taking baby steps.

Jesus’ birth remains a mystery to us.  We know very little about his younger years.  He was born to be a King, but unlike Prince George, we only know what God has chosen for us to know.  Interestingly, God kept most of Jesus’ life a mystery.  

People have studied, investigated, researched and still – very little is known about Jesus apart from what God preserved for us in Scripture.  Have you ever considered how large a volume our Bible could have been?  Why do we only have a small part of the world’s history recorded as God’s word?

Baby steps.  God didn’t give us everything we could know.  Instead, he gave us everything we needed to know.  It occurs to me that spiritually, I am about Prince George’s age.  There is so much to know, but I can’t know it yet.  Spiritually, until we go to heaven and see things “face to face” we will be infants, then hopefully toddlers.  I’m not sure in the vast scheme of things if we ever achieve a higher level of spiritual maturity and knowledge than that.

When Prince George looks at his dad and mom, he recognizes them.  When one of them is holding his hand, he is safe.  I like that picture of myself with God.  I’m glad I have come to know him as my Father.  I’m especially glad that he offers me his hand.  I don’t know everything, in fact, I don’t know even a fraction of what I will learn one day.  But God’s word has taught me that I know enough to recognize my “Dad” and trust his hand to keep me safe.

I hope William and Kate will teach their son to know his Savior, and never let him think he is mature enough to let go of his hand.

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