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A Baby Wakes
by Terry Barlow
09/07/13
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For some reason the image comes to mind of a baby waking in the middle of the night crying. That baby knows he or she has awakened with a bad taste in its mouth to a place and a condition in which something is terribly wrong. That baby is in desperate need of rescue and comfort, and cannot yet rationalize. I was once that baby, you were once that baby. In the framework of eternity we are still those babies waking up daily to a terribly broken, fallen world. Only we are desensitized and hardened to the shock of fallenness now and we gradually work our way to a place of being able to function, even succeed or thrive in the brokenness. We throw up our accustomed defense mechanisms and make our adult adjustments and rationalizations or reminders and tell ourselves everything's ok. That's not bad because it gets us temporarily up and running. But we can't adjust and rationalize ourselves out of the pit of human fallenness, only Jesus has done that in the atonement, and we have to keep returning to that truth through faith morning by morning, evening by evening. Every day or night the baby in us awakens to the wrongness of the world, and the adult in us to the fact that God, knowing this all along still saw fit to create and redeem it.

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