You hold him, you cuddle, you feed her, you finger his hair, you “beep” her nose.
He's your son. She's your daughter.
Babies are pretty helpless when they're born, sure. Have you ever stopped to consider just how much a baby has to learn? They've never used any of their senses before. They aren't able to move their limbs in a truly functional manner. They've never even taken a single breath before leaving the womb.
Isn't it wonderful to watch babies learn? They aren't physically able to do many things right off the bat. Eyes slowly begin to focus with a purpose; smiles go from involuntary sleep and gas occurrences to happy responses; nervous systems slowly mature, and arms and little hands reach purposefully for objects.
As a first-time mom with a five-month-old, I am amazed at the joy to watch him grow and learn! God made each of us so fascinating.
The human body is a beautiful thing. I remember asking my mom in a museum once why there were paintings of naked people. It didn't make any sense to me! She replied very simply, “The human body is beautiful.” And I never forgot that. I thought it was kind of weird at the time, but it makes perfect sense now. All sensuality aside, the human body really is beautiful, and watching a baby grow into his or her own skin is quite a pleasure.
And who doesn't like to see a baby's smile that lights up a room?
Babies really have a tough go of it; after spending nine (or thereabouts) months in utero, they have to learn just what it means to be human, both in body and mind. The learning becomes more cerebral as they get older, of course, be it interacting with others or how to solve an algebra problem.
Most importantly, though, is learning through the law of the Old Testament that we are nothing but broken, imperfect human beings in desperate need of a Savior. There's no way we can keep the law perfectly, and all of us “have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), but we don't need to worry about that—the New Testament gospel brings the good news that God sent his only son to die for us, and eternal life is ours (John 3:16)!
I like the analogy of knitting in Psalm 139:13-14—as one who has undertaken a knitting and crocheting project every now and again, I know that being just one stitch off can be disastrous for the pattern. But we were knitted together perfectly, just the way He wanted us to be. He gave us the gifts, talents, and abilities he wanted us to use to serve him while here on earth. And watching God work in that baby, growing from a helpless infant to a teetering toddler to a rambunctious kid to an independent adult, is one of the greatest privileges granted us as parents.
Give your little ones a big hug and remind them that Jesus loves them. Pray for them, savor each day and each milestone, and watch them grow “in wisdom and stature” (Luke 2:52), just as Jesus did!
See you in the round!
*Scripture quotations are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.