Ever since I experienced a knee injury in high school that led to surgery and rehab, I have had a great appreciation for the human body and how it works. Two of my favorite college courses were Exercise Physiology and Anatomy and Physiology because studying the human body blew me away daily. Today, as I sit on my couch recovering from my second childbirth experience, my husband and I are amazed once again at God’s perfect design for bringing another human being into the world.
With both of my children, I have had the opportunity to experience every little bit of labor pain from start to finish. I am in no way against using pain killers or having c-sections, but both my experiences allowed me to make it the whole way through, all natural. My point in sharing this is not to get extra points, but to marvel in how the body is designed to use pain to bring about a wondrous miracle. I know women have babies every day and have been having them since the beginning of time, but it is still a miracle. The definition from webster.com states:
An extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.
There is no doubt in my mind that there was divine intervention in the creation of my two little miracles, especially after being told it would be difficult to get pregnant. Each one is fearfully and wonderfully made, and that is something that Mike and I cannot take credit for on our own.
Labor was a (very) painful process, but it was worth every minute of it. Recovery is not fun, but I have a beautiful bundle to hold while enduring it. It reminds me of the ultimate pain that was endured in order for the ultimate gift to be received. “Jesus Christ lived the life I should have lived, and died the death I should have died, so that when I believe in Him I am accepted by grace and I live a life of grateful joy to Him (Tim Keller).” Today, I am praising God for the miracle of new life; new life in the form of a precious baby girl as well as new life in the grace shown to me through Jesus Christ.