By Christine Hung
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
I have to be honest. I don’t love being pregnant. The pregnancy glow, thick shiny hair, long healthy nails – I could do without any of these perks. Some women love it, but I would be the first in line to have my baby delivered by a stork in 9 months’ time. I suppose I need to trust in the mysterious ways of the Lord!
One of the few highlights of my pregnancy, however, is the weekly updates I receive from the internet detailing the going-ons of my unborn child’s growth. I look forward to Friday mornings to read what new milestones have been reached during that particular week of pregnancy. It’s truly fascinating. For example, at 31 weeks, this little boy in my womb is now the size of a coconut, can now turn his head side to side, and presently growing his itty bitty fingernails and toenails. How about that!
Psalm 139 comes to mind as I intimately experience the maturation of this little fetus within me. God is knitting together one of His miraculous creations in my womb. I can’t help but praise His name knowing that God, the creator of the universe, our Mighty King of kings, is loving and personal enough to oversee every little detail of my son’s growth in utero. This little boy is being fearfully and wonderfully made, and God is with him. As I monitor and observe this little fertilized egg grow to a crying, gurgling infant, I will stop receiving my weekly updates once the baby is born. But God continues to watch, nurture, and grow each of His little ones and His intimate, hands on approach, never ceases.
What an encouragement that God is still cultivating me, and cherishing every spiritual milestone that He guides me through. As my Heavenly Daddy, He has celebrated my first spiritual step, and is ready to kiss my wounds whenever I fall. Admittedly, there are times when I forget the depth of His love for me, and I feel more distance than warmth, but I pause to remember the love I already feel for this child whom I have yet to meet face to face. How much more is God capable of loving me, treasuring me, and raising me up to full spiritual maturity?
And what a glorious day it will be when we see Him face to face, and meet the One who has been with us every step of the way! As much as it is one of the most sacred moments when holding your child for the first time, I can’t help but wonder how much more amazing it will be when our Spiritual Daddy first holds us in heaven.
Christine Hung is a locally licensed minister of the Nazarene Church. She’s a mother of three (very soon to be four!) amazing kids. She’s also a wife, a teacher, a dear friend and the Director of Group Life at Trinity Church.