My life changed this week. It was a normal Tuesday morning like any other week. I was hitting the snooze button as often and as quickly as I could in order to get as much sleep as possible. Dreams of adventure and excitement filled my mind as I laid there dreading the sound of the next alarm. In the blink of an eye, the lights turned on and Amanda came running into the bedroom like she had just uncovered the most exciting news in her life. “We’re pregnant!” she screamed with a smile.
This Tuesday, Amanda and I discovered the joy of new life. Two pregnancy tests had confirmed what she thought was the case. She can now officially say that there’s a baby on board. It’s an exciting time in our lives to say the least. We’re looking forward to the next 9 months and are ready to welcome the first member of our little family. As we uncovered this big life-changing news this week, a few reminders came to mind that I wanted to point out today…
Life is a gift from God
Whether it’s one day or one thousand years, all life is a precious gift from God. But, too often, we trick ourselves into thinking that life is our own doing. We think that we’re really the ones in the driver seat, and have complete access to the controls of life. This idea is unfortunately shot when something unexpected happens. While our little baby is patiently growing, it’s easy to get nervous about not being in control. What if something happens? What can I do to help this baby? We long for more control, and we forget that it wasn’t us that created this life but God. God is in complete control. He’s been the giver and sustainer of life from the time of creation, and will be for all eternity. We need to constantly remind ourselves that He alone is the creator, and that all life is a gift from God.
It was good.
After thinking about our little growing baby, I began to think about the perfectness of creation. Imagine a perfect life. It’s the way life was meant to be lived. A life without failure, rejection, or death. In the beginning, God created and it was good! Creation was how it was meant to be. But the goodness of creation didn’t last long. A chapter later, Adam & Eve did the one thing they were told not to. They ate the fruit from the one forbidden tree, and as a result sin & death entered the world. One glance at news sources in today’s world and you’ll be reminded how far we’ve fallen from the goodness of creation. We choose to live for self rather than something greater. I’m sad to say that even this little baby of ours will choose to sin against God. We’re not living in that perfect world anymore. Instead, our world is fallen. God created and it was good, for a little bit.
All hope was lost, until Jesus.
God created. It was good. Adam & Eve chose to rebel against God. Sin & death entered the world. All hope was lost, until Jesus. We all have walked in Adam & Eve’s shoes. The line was drawn and we have all chosen to walk across it. At one point in our lives, we’ve all sinned against God. Probably even every day. And because of our wrongdoings, we have a price to pay: death. But that’s not the end of the story. God put on flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus went to the cross and paid our price. He died the death that we deserved, and then He was raised from the grave proving that in Him we can find new life. Sure, our baby will choose to sin against God. And, as much as mommy and daddy love you, we can’t even afford to pay for our sins let alone yours. We can’t, but Jesus can.
After hearing this news, I was excited and at the very same time I was afraid. I’m afraid to see the world that my child will be living in. This is a world of selfishness. It’s a world where we pretend that we control and sustain our own lives. We trick ourselves into thinking that because it’s our body we can do what we want. This world is far from the perfect world that it was meant to be. Yet this is the world where my child will be born. Still, I have hope because of Jesus.
Thank you Lord for this precious gift of life. In today’s confusing and selfish world it’s easy to fall. My hope and prayer is that when this little one falls, that you would be there to pick them up.
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