Monday, October 6, 2008

Psalm 139

My wife Stephanie has been studying and trying to memorize Psalm 139 recently--one that is particularly beautiful in light of what's happened in our family in the last week. One week ago today, our nephew Burke Michael Goodwin was born--two months premature and by emergency c-section.

Thankfully he is in good health right now and is developing better than expected! God has truly worked a miracle in the life of my little nephew, one that would take me longer to explain than I have room for on this blog.

Psalm 139:13-16--
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

God knew when Burke would be born and knew how all of this would take place. He "knit him together," made him "fearfully and wonderfully," saw his "unformed substance," and wrote the dramatic script of his birth before the world even began!

And that's true of every little one ever born--or lost prior to birth. He is in complete control. If you have children, remember that God made them as they are, unique and beautiful. Yes, sin makes them difficult to bear sometimes and easy to lash out at. But remember that your child is a gift to you from God--to be loved and to be taught how to love the One that made them.

Thank you God for Burke and for these great reminders of your sovereignty.

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