Scripture Reading: Zechariah 1:1-4:14 / 3 John / Psalm 139:11-16
There is no event in life that gives us greater perspective and contemplation than the birth of a baby. Wonderful thoughts, reflections and dreams fill parent’s minds as they hold their newborn. Grandparents look at their grandchild with a sense of awe and gratefulness. Their baby is the most beautiful, precious and gentle thing in the world…and then it all changes because they grow up!
I don’t mean to be cynical but it isn’t long before reality hits…dirty diapers, a colicky baby, sleepless nights, endless cleaning, constant care, more dirty diapers, terrible twos, broken limbs, temper tantrums, school grades, endless practices, dating, broken hearts, defiance, driving permit, $$$$, etc. I think you get the point because those precious babies grow up to be like us…frail, confused, and at times ever searching for purpose and identity.
We must not allow life to overshadow or diminish God’s divine work in our lives…not only the end and middle but also the beginning. We can never forget that God created us for a divine purpose starting with our beginning, continuing through the middle and unto the very end. David wrote, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:14) This verse is literally translated, “I am fearfully wonderful.”
Consider how God created and formed you in your mother’s womb, including all of the intricacies of your body today. Every second more than 100,000 chemical reactions take place in your brain and there are 10 billion nerve cells that record what you see and hear. All of this information is then captured by the 200-million receptor cells located in your eyes. Combine that with the nerve cells of your retina, 10 billion calculations a second are made before an image ever gets to the optic nerve. The brain’s cerebral cortex, with its 12+ separate vision centers, then processes the information and voila…sight!
Your ears have the miraculous ability to translate sound waves into meaningful speech and sounds; or of touch, taste and smell. One square inch of your skin has about 625 sweat glands, 19 feet of blood vessels and 19,000 sensory cells. Your glands and sensory cells work with your brain to keep your body temperature at 98.6 degrees in all weather conditions. Your body is an efficient machine as your stomach has 35 million glands that release the right amount of juices to allow your body to digest food and convert it into stored energy.
You have 200 bones that are intricate and cannot be perfectly duplicated by modern science. 500 muscles connect to your bones and work in unison for movement and productivity. All of your vital organs and glands work together to sustain life and science can’t explain this complex process or create the miracle. Never allow life or man to define, deafen or destroy the divine work of God in you. May you be reminded every time you watch a baby sleep, see a child play, observe a young family in a restaurant, notice a senior citizen shuffling down an aisle or look in a mirror at all of your blemishes and faults… “We are fearfully and wonderfully made!”