The Miracle of Life!

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The Miracle of Life!

Earlier this week, we welcomed our youngest grand-daughter into the world!  At 8 lbs, 9 oz, she is a healthy, precious, wonderful, little bundle of joy!  Holding her close, watching her expressions, seeing her look around, I bask in the simple joy of…what?

I don’t know how to describe the moment…words fail me.  There is just something about holding a newborn child or grandchild; something that feels so right!  So what this world is supposed to be.  All those godly instincts of love, affection, protectiveness and closeness just rise, unsolicited, to the surface.

I find myself completely fascinated with the smallest details of this little girl in my arms.  How bright her eyes are!  How aware she seems of her surroundings, for being so young!  Watch how her eyes track to follow her mother’s voice. See how she opens her mouth and turns her head searching for the comfort of her mother’s breast.

I find myself wondering how this world looks and feels from her perspective.  Such a short time ago, she was safe, snug, warm and comfortable inside her mother’s womb.  Now, she has been suddenly thrust out into a big, bright, noisy, chaotic and unfamiliar world!  The lights and sounds must be overwhelming!  The new sensation of sight must be startling!  The new sensation of hunger must be very uncomfortable.

I sympathize with my perception of her probable perception.  I too can recall being pushed unexpectedly outside my comfort zone, and I did not like it!  The world is a big scary place, full of unpredictable events beyond our control.

My mind drifts to the realization that this is just the first of many unexpected new experiences that she will face, and many of them will be uncomfortable.  None of us can live long in this world without experiencing some level of heart-break and shattered dreams.  This is a strange world we live in, and into which she has been welcomed.  It is a world where joy cohabitates with grief, where compassion is learned through heart-break, where love and faith are fully revealed only through deep sacrifice.

And yet, looking now at her precious face, I know she is not concerned about any of those things.  Yes, she has every reason to feel confused, frustrated, and angry at being so suddenly thrust into such a chaotic and uncomfortable place.  Yet, in the midst of the chaos, her focus is on learning and enjoying the sounds, sights, smells, and touch of her loving family, whom she has only just met.  She has only known her mother for three days, but already knows this is someone she can trust to love and care for her — to feed her when she’s hungry, change her when she’s dirty, and comfort her when she’s upset.

She is not longing for the past comfort of the womb, nor worried about her future.  She is simply living in the moment and relying on those who love her.  She is trusting without even knowing what trust is, or realizing that there is any other way to live.

I hope someday I can teach this little girl as much as she is teaching me, today!

 

Through what Miracle of Life has God spoken to you, recently?

 

10 thoughts on “The Miracle of Life!

  1. Very observant, Joey, and well-expressed. May we become like the little child–and thus enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

  2. I can totally relate to your thoughts on your new granddaughter, Joey. I’ve thought a lot about your “glass-half-empty or glass-half-full” post, and couldn’t figure out where I fit. But your last paragraph describes exactly where I want to be. “She is not longing for the past comfort of the womb, nor worried about her future. She is simply living in the moment and relying on those who love her. She is trusting without even knowing what trust is, or realizing that there is any other way to live.”
    I think that’s one reason why I love being around children. They have a whole different perspective on life… one that I want to live in. Thank you for the reminder!

    • Thank you, Martha! Yes, that is where I want to be, as well.

      Isn’t it funny how, as believers in Christ, we seem to spend a lifetime trying to learn what newborn babies already know?

      It makes me wonder…is faith something we learn, or is it more something we remember? I don’t have the answer to that question, but I have been pondering it the last few days…

      Like you, I do love learning from children, and usually find there is much to learn if we pay attention!

      • Good question!! I hadn’t thought of it that way… but now that you mention it, I think faith must be something that we remember. Which means that fear, distrust, worry, and unbelief are what we have learned. That kind of opens up a whole new avenue of thought, doesn’t it…

        • Yes it does! It makes perfect sense, though, considering mankind’s history from The Garden thru The Fall. I’m still pondering it….trying to put it in perspective… Thanks for sharing and discussing!

  3. I do believe you’ve hit the nail on the head again. It’s been 18 years since we’ve had a baby in our family, but whenever I have the privilege of being around one, so many of those protective feelings and the wonder of how God chose to bring new life to us humans come flooding back. No other experience in our lives compares to it. So happy you and your family are getting to experience this at this time.

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