Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day: The Greatest love known to humankind in action

When God made the world, he made seeds and eggs so everything could reproduce after its kind. A most marvelous thing is contained in seeds and eggs -- life.
            Life was given to us by God in love. That’s why we address Him as Father. Yes, he uses an earthly mother and father to get is here, but he designed us and loved us even before we were born.
            He loved you on the first day were conceived and were the size of a small dot. Then your first cell divided into two, the two into four, and continued to double.  And God saw it, and loved you.
            You traveled through a tube to your mother’s womb and in about 72 hours, you were safely attached inside her tummy.
            By 15 days, fed and given oxygen through the umbilical cord, your heart began to form and your eyes develop. In five more days, the brain, spinal cord and your nervous system were taking form.  By the time you lived 24 days, your heart began to beat.  And God loved you.
            Your skeleton was formed by 42 days, and by 8 weeks; you looked like a baby.  About two months into your life, you could suck your thumb. By 12 weeks, you could make faces, smile, kick, curl your toes, and turn your head.
            Your ears heard at six months through your mommy’s tummy and by seven months, you recognized your mother’s voice and opened and closed your eyes.
            At eight months you had gained so much weight you didn’t have much space to move around, and by nine months, you were ready to be born, the special person you are, because there is no one exactly like you.[1]
God loved you when you took your first breath and screamed at the doctors, nurses and your parents.
In Isaiah 44:2, we’re told the Lord formed us in the womb, just as God designed Adam with His own hands.  Jeremiah tells us, “Before God formed us in the womb, He knew us.”  Jeremiah adds, “Before we are born God had a plan for our life” (Jeremiah 1:5).
            God used a genetic blueprint to design your traits and what your body is like.  Because of God’s design, you inherited a set of genes from your mother and a set from your father. This genetic blueprint designed by God gave you a “prewired” brain, [2] which we call “instinct.”
The pre-wired brain helps you move, tells your cells how to function; and helps you know when you’re hungry.
            Your genes determine the color of your hair, whether you’ll have freckles, how tall or short you may be and what your nose looks like.
            There are 23 pairs of chromosomes in most cells of your body. These 46 top managers hold your DNA. When tested, DNA shows you are different from almost any other person on earth. Many crimes are solved using DNA.
            Whether you were a girl or a boy depends on one of the chromosomes being an X or Y.
            Look at yourself.  No, you can’t see your chromosomes or your genes, but you can see you are a wonderful working machine. You see the love of God when you look at your body.
           But the greatest testimony to the love of our Heavenly Father is summed by this scripture: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16). Jesus coming to earth as a baby, living among us, healing the sick, raising the dead, and then dying on the cross and walking out of the tomb alive, ascending into heaven, and sitting at the right hand of the Father to hear and answer prayer, all are true because of the greatest love humankind has ever known.

            How do you feel knowing how much God loves you?  What does this mean to you?  What will you do about it?

©Ada Brownell February 2014

[1]Your First Nine Months, Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Ill. 60187
[2]Understanding Human Behavior, James V. McConnell, 1980, Hold, Rinehart and Winston