There is one task that strikes fear into the hearts of new fathers more than any other…the changing of a baby’s diaper. There are some men, more innovative than myself, that have somehow managed to avoid this bone chilling chore, perhaps, going their entire fatherhood careers without having to engage in the act of dispensing of the diapers of doom.
As men, we spend countless hours conjuring up excuses to alleviate the obligated operation. I have found that it works best to have a list of alternative “emergency tasks” to divert from the parental duty. For example, if you could keep a hammer stashed near the water main and you hear the paralyzing words…“Ryan, the baby needs a diaper change,”…you could quickly use the hammer to strike the water main. “Sorry dear!...I am dealing with a water leak…I wish I could help but I can’t…this is a serious emergency!”
Other copious options could include: shattering a mirror, starting a grease fire in the oven, burning eggs on the stove, plugging and overflowing the toilet, ripping a door off of its hinges, or simply running out of the house yelling…“What’s that? I can’t hear you! I have to go save this squirrel in the street…he is about to get hit by a car!”
There is a final option…you could just pull yourself together and walk into the baby’s room and dial 911.
Some men are just smarter than I am and have managed to create a larger distance between themselves and the dirty diapers. I somehow had to face my fears and learn to change diapers. Before I engaged in the toxic practice, I went to the local hardware store and purchased the necessities…a respirator, goggles and large rubber gloves.
The things you encounter during a diaper change are some of the worst encounters known to mankind. Babies are amazingly cute until they fill their pants and need you to expose the filth. The first clue is the odor…but even that is nothing compared to the revelation of the filth. There is a reason that seat-belts have been added to changing tables…because when you buckle your baby in…they will stay safe until you regain consciousness from the vapor induced coma.
There is no one, I don’t care how experienced they might be, that is not affected by the filth that babies create. Some deal with it better than others…but to all people it is the same thing…filth…and the filth MUST be dealt with.
The Prophet Daniel had a dream that he recorded in the Old Testament book of Daniel, chapter 8. In this dream, he sees a series of troubling images…but perhaps the most disturbing image he sees is sin in its true nature…filth. It is easy for us to keep our sins concealed…hidden…unexposed. After a while we may even get used to the stench.
Remarkably, my diaper changing experiences helped harden me to the stench and filth created by my fourth child. By this time I was no longer wearing a mask…at least not all of the time…sometimes I even went without gloves!
When Daniel sees sin in its true nature…it says that he is “sick for days.” Are we ever sickened by sin? Are we sickened only by other peoples’ sin? Do we ever become sickened by our own sin? Sin is a big deal…and we should be sickened by it…yet we should see that we have Jesus, who willingly cleans up our filth.
I wonder if he ever wears a mask and goggles?