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Topic: Spring (as in the season) (11/28/05)
TITLE: New Life (i)
By Jennifer Babisak
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The sun beamed down its golden rays, warming her despite the chill of the early spring air. The dew-kissed ground felt cool upon her bare feet. She dug her toes into the dirt and lifted her hands and her gaze toward heaven. “Thank you Lord!” she cried, “Thank you for new life!” As if on cue, she felt a kick ripple through her abdomen. “I love you darling,” she whispered, as she caressed her bulging belly.
Suddenly, a wave of peace washed over her and she felt her anxiety float away with the petals. For all of these months, she had worried about her impending job as a mother. She had read countless books and scoured the internet in search of the perfect philosophy of parenting. She had wrestled through sleepless nights, debating in her mind the contentious issues of 21st century parenting. She had consulted pediatricians, child development experts, and relatives. Only now she realized, she had failed to consult the Maker of the child within her.
Gazing upon the splendor of His creation, the effortless grace with which this landscape grew, she understood that He was behind it all. Only upon God’s command did the sun shine and the rains fall and the grass grow. He provided these plants with everything that they needed for rebirth each year, and He would provide her with every skill that she would need as a mother. The One who knitted together her precious baby would tenderly lead her through the maze of motherhood. She was designed by her God specifically for this calling, and He would provide her with everything she would need to love her child well.
In humility and relief, she fell to her knees. She confessed her sin of pride in trying to figure it all out herself, and she submitted to His gentle yoke. She wept, she prayed, she rested, and then she danced. She danced through the garden in delight, frolicking with the flowers, her heavy weight lifted. She danced in joy with her LORD, praising Him for the life within her and the life around her.
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