“I knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.” — Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT)
Our family is awaiting the arrival of a new addition. The expectant mother recently had her ultrasound. After her first peek at the unborn child, she called us filled with exuberance.
“Guess what the baby is,” she said.
I was kept in suspense as her dad was the first to hear her informative news.
“It’s a boy!”
Along with this news came the view of the baby’s first picture. This is not one of pink skin and wrinkles, as was formerly known as baby’s first photo. It’s a peek into the secret place of the womb. I remember when this privilege was kept for God alone to see.
However, it’s a breathtaking experience to see the image of an unborn child and spot the tiny details of the eyes, nose and ears, as well as the private parts determining the gender.
This look into the mysterious realm of the unknown makes me think of how each one of us has been fashioned and shaped in that secret place.
As a nurse I studied DNA. It is the genetic makeup that gives us the unique characteristics of how we look, our personality traits, gender, as well as our talents. These strands of DNA make up who we are, and prove that God intended each one of us to be different. After all, no two people have the same set of fingerprints; this is more proof of our individual uniqueness.
We’ve already tried to guess some of our unborn baby’s characteristics. Will he look like his father or mother? Will he mimic the artistic talents of his father and grandfather? Will he tend to have the more serious temperament of his father, or the humorous one of his mother? Only God knows what he created this wee one to be.
A peek at this ultrasound was a good reminder for me that whatever we are is what God fashioned us to be. Understanding our uniqueness can help us to accept ourselves, and the specifically designed plan God has for our life. As we keep our focus on our unique qualities, it will equip us to be the best we can be.