Last evening, David and I started watching a National Geographic special that Amy, an also-pregnant-friend, shared with us on DVD. Called In the Womb, it shows the amazing development of a baby girl from fertilization through birth through the use of all kinds of special internal cameras. We watched through the twelve week development (which is what I am approaching right now) before we had to turn it off and get ready for bed.
As we watched it, we marveled aloud to each other over and over again how incredible the entire process is in the creation of another human being. The specific details and intricacies of making a baby are beyond description really. For example, when the sperm enters the egg, the surface of the egg instantly changes to make it impossible for another sperm to enter. The incredible attention to detail that God has put into every single chromosome, DNA strand, sperm, egg, etc. shows just a fraction of His immeasurable wisdom, knowledge and creativity.
Or consider the fact that this little baby girl who was still only twelve weeks in the womb was already making the eggs she would someday need to have her own children. My husband and I were actually talking about this fact the day before we watched the DVD, marveling about the fact that, in a sense, we have both been around since the 1940’s when our mothers were in the womb. Amazing!
But as much as I am amazed and awed by what I see in this DVD, those words do not fully describe the greatest emotion that I feel. I feel humbled. I am humbled that I, a gal from the Midwest who never finished her Masters degree, can see and understand what so many of these profoundly intelligent men and women of science cannot. I am humbled by the fact that although these scientists can unravel so many of these mysteries of God and God gives them the ability to learn these things and share them with me, they completely miss the biggest truths with which they are dealing.
The truth of the matter is that although they can see the science of it all, they cannot see the marvelous work of the Creator. It is right before them, but they are blind to it. And that humbles me, because if it were not for the work of God’s grace in my life, I would be just as blind as they.
As a Christian it is so obvious to me what I am looking at when I watch that DVD and it makes my heart soar to see a God who is so incredibly awesome in each detail of that baby’s development. But it humbles me and reduces me to tears because if it were not for God’s grace, I would watch that DVD with the same blinded eyes of so many around me.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me;
I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see.
This day, I am giving thanks over and over again for the beauty of God’s grace in my life. For without that grace, there would be no true and lasting beauty in my life at all.