A new baby is a wonderful thing, isn't it? It's amazing how tiny and fragile she is. You can't describe the feeling that comes over you the first time she wraps those perfect little fingers around your pinkie.
All of a sudden, you understand what the Scripture means when it says we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14).
It's a scary responsibility, though, having this tiny person so completely dependent on you. When you think about the potential in this young life and how much is at stake -- and it's all in your hands.
Somehow, in spite of that, you're excited to have this opportunity, this privilege. You want to take care of this child, even though you know she's going to cause you some heartache along the way. An enormous love for this tiny, precious child wells up inside you.
Did you know that's exactly how God feels about you? Only He actually created you! He sculpted your parts with His own hands and pieced you together in your mother's womb (Psalm 139:13).
And He didn't just think about the potential of your life. He knew exactly what you could become, if you would let Him guide your life. He also knew that, in a tempting situation, you would be more inclined to do the wrong thing than the right thing. He knew the heartache you were going to cause Him. He knew you would wind up falling into the devil's clutches.
And you know what he did? He went ahead and made the sacrifice needed to set you free. He proved how much He loved you by allowing Jesus to die for you (Romans 5:8).
As wonderful as it is to have a new baby join your family, it's even better to be born into God's family. You have the perfect Father, who understands you better than you understand yourself. He puts His spirit in you, who gives you strength when you need it and comforts you when it hurts.
And you have a new family, brothers and sisters in Christ, to share the joys and sorrows that life brings.
God gave you a child, and you have the responsibility of raising her to be an adult you can be proud of. She probably won't be any easier to raise than you were. Don't you think it would be better if you had the rest of God's family to help you through it?
Mon, February 22, 2010
by D. James Kinnaird