In life I have been amazed by the creation, I think that most people that know me realize how much my family has lauded the miracle of a child’s birth and the priority of raising a child. There was such wonder at the initial birth of it all. I can remember when I brought my baby home the first few days and my hesitations. I remember hesitating to give my son, now fourteen, his first bath.
At the time, my husband and I were staying with my mother and father-in-law in their duplex, I realized my own ill-preparedness and that I needed an awareness. I was very much in awe of my sweet baby. How was I to give that little one a bath? I had thought of everything from the weekly to monthly development of the child before he was born, but I had not thought deeply enough about the basic act of a bath after he was born. Having my mother-in-law there, giving a bath to an infant had not been forgotten by her so I had my own success with this basic necessity of his life.
I needed my family’s guidance and leadership, and I knew that what had been created was more advanced than my ability to understand his needs all on my own. I knew I could not put him in a tub! I didn’t want that little remaining cord to get wet! Mothers and fathers, yes, we know our children, we are amazed by what they do and what they need. Looking back on those years, I remember falling in love with my curious, strong willed son and falling in love with God at the same time. By getting to know my son, like other children, I am most amazed by God because you see God’s most endearing qualities in nature and leadership there is.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20
I wonder about my own investment in understanding God’s own ways of child rearing. How about you: do you enjoy watching the development of your own children and wonder if I became more aware of how God describes life, that I may parent even better this next year?