You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.
Psalm 139:13-18 (NIV)
November 2003 is a month my family will never forget. At 6 ½ months pregnant my sister-in-law went into labor on November 9. Ten days later, the smallest baby boy I had ever seen was born 14 weeks early weighing a mere 2 lbs 3 ounces. He was slightly larger than a beany baby and his skin was still see-thru and his body covered with a long thin hair. He was so tiny that he couldn’t wear clothes, only a diaper, and it would be a month before his parents would hold him for the first time. During those first few months I drove I-40 as many times as I could to see my precious nephew. Watching his skin develop to the point he could wear clothes, seeing his eyes develop enough that they didn’t have to be covered in his incubator, and witnessing his lungs and heart develop to the point that he didn’t have a million machines monitoring his every vital sign was an amazing experience that brought new meaning to this passage. I literally witnessed the weaving together of an unformed body.
Today, my brother and sister-in law have three children, the third of which they just adopted this week. After two high-risk pregnancies God moved my brother and sister-in-law to adopt. And after much prayer God led them to the country of Ethiopia for this new addition to their family. This adoption is just one way God is revealing His creativity to our family as this precious new nephew of mine, Ty is an amazingly stark contrast on the outside to his older brother, Brooks and his big sister, Lanie. We are so excited to welcome Ty into our family and are praising God for his creativity in not only the way He knits us together, but in the way He writes our days in His book before we are born.
Even though I haven’t met this precious new addition to my family, I love him already. I think about him all the time. I open my email expectantly every day for new pictures and updates. My heart is so full of love for Ty. When I compare my position in life to God’s position in my life, I am overwhelmed. Just as I think of Ty, God thinks of me…only even more! God’s thoughts toward you and me are so precious and so numerous that they can’t be counted!
Just as this precious abandoned little boy is no longer alone, you and I are never alone. We are never forgotten about, and we never be abandoned. God has created us with His own hands, and He knows you intimately. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Truths we learn from this passage:
V13: God formed my very being
V14: God’s works are wonderful…that means I’m wonderful!!!
V15: God skillfully put my body together
V16: God wrote down every day of my life before I was ever born
V17&18: God thinks precious thoughts about me that outnumber the grains of sand
V18: God is with me at all times.
Reread the passage and the characteristics we learn about God and then reflect on the following questions: If I know these things are true about God what do I know about me? How does this affect my day-to-day living? How does this change the way I think about myself? Are there any behaviors or thought patterns I need to change as a result of these truths?
Faith Klein Herrgesell