This past week, my daughter Katie and son-in-law Curt announced they were expecting their first child. They used the photo at the top of this blogpost to inform Facebook friends of the exciting news. I’m going to become a grandma this spring! I’m overjoyed, grateful, and awed—all at the same time.
About four weeks ago, Katie and Curt invited me to attend their first ultrasound. My eyes brimmed with tears as I watched the pulsating movement of the tiny heartbeat within my first grandchild. What a miracle!
The truth is that each of us is a miracle, uniquely crafted by God. Psalm 139 tells us so:
God shapes us
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well” (Psalm 139:13-14, NIV). The God of the universe decided how He would make each of us. He selected and shaped each of our attributes: personality, appearance, gifts, and abilities. We are told in Ephesians 2:10 that we are His “workmanship,” literally His masterpiece. Each one of us exists as a one-of-a-kind, extremely valuable work-of-art. The Lord Himself crafted us. We should not argue with such a perfect Artist about how He made us.
God knows us
Since He made us, the Lord also knows us intimately and perfectly. Psalm 139:1-4, NIV, says, “You have searched me, Lord, and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You, Lord, know it completely.” The Lord knows us at the deepest level. He sees our hearts. He understands, loves, and values each of us. Because He knows us so well, He can provide for us perfectly and lead us wisely.
God protects and guides us
We are safe in the Lord’s care. “You hem me in behind and before, and You lay your hand upon me” (Psalm 139:5, NIV). Nothing can touch us without the Lord’s permission. He aims to bring good from whatever He allows (Romans 8:28-29). His hand is powerful and loving, protective and kind. His hand takes our hand and leads us through life (if we let Him). “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You” (Psalm 139:9-12, NIV). Even if we feel lost in the dark, God sees the way. He is the way. His power, grace, truth, and lovingkindness surround us wherever we go in whatever we are facing.
God desires that others might know Him through us
We should treasure and celebrate the unique life God has given to each of us, a life that He shapes, knows, protects, and guides. Our life is valuable, cherished, and authored by God. He has wired part of Himself into each of us. We need to be the person He created us to be so that the world can see those aspects of the Lord in us and hopefully be drawn to Him. We were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), so that when people look at us, they can see Him. Isaiah 43:7 says we were created for God’s glory, a word that means “to manifest, to give an estimation of” in the New Testament.
I can’t wait to meet my first grandbaby and see the Lord’s beautiful handiwork in that life. I’m excited to spend years seeing and experiencing the presence of God in that amazing child. As the circle of life continues, I am celebrating the creativity and purposefulness that God places into each life. I can’t wait for spring when this new life will arrive with the blossoming flowers. Thank you, Lord!
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