Toni Campbell: Fifteen weeks ago, I learned my daughter and her husband were expecting my first grandchild.
To realize my "little girl" is becoming a mother herself is a surreal experience.
And to say it was an exciting moment, would not do the depth of my joy justice.
As I ponder this miracle, the words of the psalmist take on new meaning...
"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.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." (Psalm 139:13-16)
Yes, we can now see the development of this tiny babe who is just 5 months old. We see hands and feet, eyelids and nose, even, through the miracle of 3D ultrasound, the chambers of her heart and her bones!
But God saw her when she was unformed.
Before my daughter had any inkling that life had been created inside her, He saw the cells dividing and forming.
Before anything appeared on a doctor's monitor, He knew her sex, her eventual height and weight, the timbre of her voice.
Before we meet her face to face and watch her grow from infant to toddler, child to teen, young woman to adult, He knows her eye and hair color, her skills and gifts, her temperament.
He knits her together, bone and muscle and brain, and He knows all that will happen in her life.
She is fearfully and wonderfully made.
His works are wonderful. But do I know that full well?
I ask the question because I've also pondered other things lately...about myself.
Things that seem not quite so miraculous and wondrous. I ask the question:
As I grow older and things begin to wrinkle a bit here, sag a bit there.
As I reach for the box of color a little more often to cover my "stubborn gray".
As it takes a little longer to recover from the aches and pains of exercising at the gym.
As I begin to look in the mirror and some days, struggle to believe there is beauty and potential in the face looking back at me.
But I too am fearfully and wonderfully made.
He does not create and walk away. His works are wondrous at every age.
He knew the timing of that first gray hair. His word tells me 'Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.' (Proverbs )
He knew that my body would slow down a bit, but He says 'Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you."
He knew despite the wrinkles and sags, I am still full of potential and He can and will use me. "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree...They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green..." (Psalm 92: 12-14)
Yes, my unborn granddaughter, me, you...all of us are fearfully and wonderfully made.
And I know that full well."
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Posted: 08 Feb 2016
(My emphases added)
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Wow. What an amazing heavenly Daddy we have. Neil Vermillion
Father, we needed this post today, as it reminds us of Your knowledge of us, and that You have good plans for our lives.
Your works are wonderful, and we know that full well today, thanks to Toni's post.
Those of us who are older, can attest to the truths she shares. There are days we struggle, as we look into our mirrors, to believe that there is much that we can yet accomplish.
Help me remember that I am yet full of potential, and You can use me, as I surrender to You.
In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
Today’s Bible verse: Jer. 62:7 "For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds."
Today’s quotes: The springs of my faith and all my graces; the springs of my life and all my pleasures; the springs of my activity and all its right doings; the springs of my hope, and all its heavenly anticipations, all lie in thee, my Lord."
~ "God’s law reveals our sin and our need of a merciful Savior. He provided the blood of Jesus Christ to make us righteous. After salvation, the sanctification process begins for the Christian. It won’t be fully complete until Christ returns. In the meantime, we’re in a continual state of requiring mercy from a Holy God." Toni Campbell
Our thought today: It was expected by the early Christians, that there would be evidence of a transformed life. Things started to happen: tongues were heard, as people praised and worshiped Jesus (see Acts 2,8,9,10,19).God filled His children with His Holy Spirit, so they could overcome the world.
Our question today: Are you hungry for God? Ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit. Be open to receiving, as Jesus awaits on your invitation.
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