Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like a weaned child. (Psalms 131:2)
A calm and quiet soul is a powerful and beautiful thing. A person who has a calm and quiet soul won’t only get the job done, but they’ll get it done right. A person who has cultivated a quiet soul will not just give you advice, but they will give you wisdom.
There’s a process to a calm and quiet soul. It’s like a mother weaning her baby, and it only comes when God has “weaned” you. Now being a weaned child doesn’t mean you’ve stopped being a child. It just means you’re no longer panicking at the thought of your next meal. You’re developing a deeper trust in God, because you’ve been weaned by him. And when you’re in need, you know he will provide for you. And when the day brings its troubles, you know he is with you and that he will protect you.
One way to know if you’re no longer an infant, but a weaned child, is when you hear Jesus’ commands to you, and you don’t throw a fit or panic, but you desire it, and you trust it. And you obey his commands. An example of this is seen when Jesus tells his disciples, “Don’t strive for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:29-32). And so, little flock or weaned child (whichever you prefer)—there’s no need to be afraid, because your Father knows what you need, he’s got it all under control, and he’s always got your best interest in mind!