I had a birthday this week.
For some reason I decided to pull my birth certificate out the night before and studied it at various points throughout the day. I looked up the name of the hospital where I was born. It is still there, though it looks tired and has poor ratings. There was a moment in time, however, that I entered earth’s history on that property.
That is where I was born.
I stared at my father’s name and then my mother’s. They were young — 23 and 21 respectively. I noticed there was a place on the form for my father’s occupation to be listed, but none for the mother. My father was a college student the day I was born. My mother was working as a nurse, though there is no formal record of that truth.
I was their firstborn.
I was born at 4:08 p.m.
The more I carried my tattered birth certificate around and considered the truth of my birth, the more the certificate seemed sacred. Of course the paper itself isn’t sacred. Like our bible, the paper isn’t sacred, but the words printed on them are. In the same way, my birth certificate is not sacred, but the birth it announces is sacred.
Your birth certificate is also sacred.
You were made with care in secret within the innermost part of your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) You were made to play a key role in the history of the world. (Ephesians 2:10) The exact moment in time you entered history was determined and selected by God. You could not have made it happen, and neither could your parents. After all, sex doesn’t have to result in a pregnancy and due dates are estimates.
We are image bearers of a holy God. We are chosen.
Why don’t you dig out your birth certificate sometime soon and spend some time inspecting it during one of your bible study and prayer times?
Who gave birth?
Who is the father? (if there is one named)
In what city? In what place? In what country?
And perhaps the most important part of the birth certificate is the time. What minute were you born? Thank God for your entrance into His Story. Whether you have a birth certificate or not, God knows the answers to every question. Whatever the details of your birth were, each was determined by the eyes and hand of God.
Our lives are significant!
Picture Explanation: I am facing another year with a smile. I don’t know what is coming, but I can face the future standing tall because of what God promises in Isaiah 43:2: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Consider spending time analyzing this verse piece-by-piece as well. It is extremely comforting.
Speaking of the significance of your birth in history: If you are interested in being contacted to participate in a One Gritty Blink Bible study, click on the Oaks Ministries link below and contact me by email so I can place you on a list to be contacted as online and face-to-face studies are planned. Let’s not just focus on things in this short life, but also what counts for eternity!
Note: No part of my posts are derived from A.I. Thoughts and writing stem from my mind and heart as I process life week-by-week and continue to grow in my understanding of God and how to apply His wisdom to the world around me.
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