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Topic: Birth (infancy) (08/20/09)
TITLE: God's Design
By Donna New
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When they went home from the hospital, her mother loved and cherished her and spoke to her as if she was an adult. “When you get older you’ll need to be doing what I’m doing. The dishes will need to be cleaned with soap and water, the floor mopped with vinegar and your things kept tidy and in their place.” But her mom also told her “The most important task of your life will be to love. Some people will be easy to love and it will flow like a fountain from your soul. Some people in your life will hurt you and they’ll need a love with more power than others. But when you meet those who hurt you give them everything you have within you that’s beautiful.” Her mom also said “Love means work. It means giving baths, changing diapers, discerning an illness. But love should be all you have and all you are. Love should decorate your face and influence your actions to everyone.”
This little one listened intently. She had blue eyes that pierced the soul. She understood every word. She feared not being able to live up to loving those who hurt her. That would be a tough job. So she watched her mother live her life, day after day loving her family. Her mom loved those who criticized her needlessly. Her mother loved the ill and the elderly. Then one day when she was still a babe came a test.
“Sweetheart,” her mother said, “You need surgery on your legs. It’s going to hurt. You’re going to be thirsty and uncomfortable. It’s going to be dark and scary and then the lights will hurt your eyes. And worst of all baby, you’re going to be alone. They won’t let Momma stay with you save a couple hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening.” But, her mother said, “Love is beautiful and powerful because it can be with you when I can’t. So when you’re crying and wishing I was there just think of my face and you can be calm. In the darkness of night know I’m there loving you even though I can’t hold you.” Her mother shed a few tears and kissed her baby good-by.
This baby passed the test. There were uncomfortable times when it hurt and she was parched and she cried but her mom’s love remained through it all. A few weeks later she was home in a cast from underneath her tiny arms to her tiny feet. She made a mess of that cast scooting over the floor and rubbing the knees out. Not a pretty, external sight but a loved, stronger, more beautiful inside now dwelt in this baby.
It’s amazing that God designed infancy to prepare us for life, because this baby would face the tests of ridicule and mistreatment. She would face the test of choosing good or evil. She would face the tests of love or hate, forgiveness or bitterness. She’s making it through because of the love that decorated her mother’s face and life when she was just a babe.
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