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Psalm 139:13-16 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. You were there while I was being formed in utter seclusion!You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!
As a Christ-follower, I have wielded these verses gently and not-so-gently in many ways and at many times. As a biologist, I have yielded to these verses graciously and ungraciously in many ways and at many times. As a woman, I have needed these verses genuinely and gratefully in many ways and at many times.
And in the wielding, yielding, and needing, I became overly familiar (like a nosy neighbor) with these verses…or so I thought…
But yesterday, I found a new hidden treasure from yet another unwrapping of the words, wisdom, and wonder contained in them.
A birthing of beauty in another layer of depth inherent to them.
So now, please, lean in here with me now for this…
The application of these verses isn’t reserved only for us as people, as Adam’s children of dust. The original Hebrew text allows for the inclusion of all of God’s living creation to be described as wonderfully made. The living creation was to be known as the fullness of the all that which has breath praise the Lord living in a dusty world (Psalm 150:6).
All of the living creation is wonderfully complex with each one a marvelous workmanship of God made from the ground up. All of us who are alive are the we who are fearfully and wonderfully made with our days appointed and words known before they’re on our tongue(s). The all of us made by God is all of us people and plants, animal and microbe, and soil.
Each of us, all of us are those known before in the womb of a woman, animal, plant, microbe, or soil. We are those birthed from mothers – be they human or animal as babies; birds, turtles, reptiles, fish, insects, amphibians, echidna, and platypus as eggs; jellyfish and hydra as buds; microbe as daughter cells; plants as seeds; and rock as soil. Each of us, all of us brought forth by and for God in a love powerful enough to overcome death, grave, and hell. The love who is our Christ Who holds all things together, including us (see Colossians 1:15-20)..
All are planned with purpose, placement, and position. None random, none unexpected, none unloved.
All cherished, all known, all kept close in that amazing love. Love with depths yet unknown, unimagined, or understood. Not even’s sin’s curse could separate the Christ chosen and given for redemption, release, and return of one of us, of all of us to that beauty which was before and yet evermore shall be. We know Eden as creation’s womb while seeing Heaven as eternity’s womb.
All held fast by Love’s gift at Calvary reaching forward and back in new birth. And thus, transforming every seed, particle, cell, egg, and baby into a celebration of grace and mercy.
Every one loved and made by God. Every birth a party planned and attended by the King of glory.
Thank You, King Jesus, for being here with us in the dust and raising us from the dust in Your powerful new birth love once for all, once for ever!
Colossians 1:15-20 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
As always, dear ones, thank you for your grace and patience with my many lackings in conveying the rich and full beauty of ideas. So often, I wish there was another means of sharing with you the pictures in my heart and mind that have the so much more of beauty than what ends up on the page.
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Written by and copyrighted to Beth Madison, Ph.D., 2022.