Recently I teamed up with the Hearts at Home Bloggers to write monthly on a topic that is provided. This month's topic is, "Have You Ever Experienced a Miracle in Your Life?" At first, I thought, "No, not really," but then I got to thinking about how every day that we are alive is a testimony of the miracle of life.
The fact that conception can even take place is incredible and then to think that a little tiny heart is beating 22 days after gestation is amazing to me.
I remember when we were expecting our first child. The pregnancy came as a bit of a surprise so I was scheduled for an ultrasound right at the beginning to determine dates. I will never forget the first time I heard our son's heartbeat. My mom was with me and the ultrasound tech was checking for the heartbeat, when all of a sudden she found the very. loud.heartbeat. The volume had been left up previously on the ultrasound machine so when she found it, we got to hear it in surround sound you might say! My mom immediately welled up with tears, and me, well, I panicked for a moment. This was the real deal. I was now a parent.
And for each pregnancy thereafter, my favorite part by far was seeing an ultrasound or hearing the precious heartbeat of each our children.
Psalm 139:13-16 NLT is such a familiar passage to many, but it's truth is still profound and unchanging. David, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, writes, "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed."
An Ultrasound picture of our youngest, Caleb
God took great care in forming each and every one of us. Every part of us was created for His glory. From the moment we were conceived, He has not stopped thinking about us! Psalm 139:17-18 "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!"
I love the science behind how God creates a baby in the womb. Pbs.org has an on-line series that shows what goes on in the formation of a baby from the first day of conception. If you would like to see the ones that show what happens in the first few days after conception, click here. As I watched these videos I was reminded that, Wow! Life really is a miracle!
I'd like to finish this post by encouraging you to watch this video. Due to copyright laws I cannot put the video directly on my blog, but you can go here to watch it. Please do so. It is amazing! I hope that after you watch it you will be reminded that the children in our lives--whether they are biologically our own, adopted, nieces, or nephews--are all miracles. AND, your own life is a miracle as well. God has made you with great care and thought and He loves you deeply--so much so that He even sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die in your place. As Easter approaches, may we reflect on how much God has demonstrated His love towards us. First in giving us physical life and secondly in offering us spiritual life. Blessings!