My youngest daughter is due to give birth to my 3rd grandchild any day now. As a family we’ve watched the bump getting bigger and bigger over the months, and have “ooooo”’d and “ahhhhh”d over each of the scan photos. It’s amazing to watch a new life grow.
For the past few months (during lockdown) I’ve also been watching lots of other new lives grow. I’ve kept a gaggle of tadpoles and watched as they have first sprouted tails and legs and finally become fully developed frogs.
As a believer in the Genesis 1 record that God created everything in the world in the beginning, I find it amazing to witness before my own eyes, new life being created. The Bible tells us that God’s verdict after assessing everything He’d created was that it was “very good”. The Bible also tells us that we, as humans, are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. We’re all individual, all slightly different in physical appearance, and yet we all breathe the same breath, and fuel our bodies with food and liquid each day. Have you ever stopped to think how amazing it is that we have life? We go to sleep at night and wake up each morning to a fresh new day.
The Bible also describes life as being like a vapour that appears for a moment and is then gone again. So let’s make the most of our lives. And by that I don’t mean let’s write a bucket list and see what we can tick off. Let’s use our lives as God, who has created all things, would want us to, by living in a thankful way, to put Him first in our daily lives so that we please Him.
The remarkable and wonderful message that the Bible has for us, is that we can decide to stop our current way of life to then be born again and begin a new life for God. See how Romans 6 explains it,
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”
So, when an individual decides to turn their life to God and believes in Him, they can take the step to be baptised. As the baptism is performed they go fully into the water and are raised up out of it again, like dying and being raised to a new life.
So, let’s each reflect on how blessed we are to have life, and how we can see Gods amazing creation all round us, and hopefully take time to consider the wonderful message contained in the Bible.