Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fighting For Love

We’re currently studying obstetrics in my nursing courses here at Southern Adventist University.  It’s been quite an experience overall, but I love most of it.  There’s something about the magic of childbirth that holds me spellbound.  Every time I see a new life enter the world as a tiny, fragile human being, I realize the enormous miracle that just took place before my eyes.  From a scientific perspective, there’s a lot that happens from the point of conception until the infant takes its first breath, and for some time after that even.  All the little toes, the miniature fingers, the internal organs that have to quickly adapt from being reliant on mom to working independently, everything works together in a subtle harmony that we don’t even fully understand.  But from an emotional point of view, the miracle is almost greater.  Here is a human being that a mere 10 months prior was nothing but the parents’ dream.  As the baby began to form and grow in the uterus, the first sound it ever heard was its mother’s heartbeat.  Its environment was safe and warm and it was loved.  But did it understand any of this?  No.  As soon as it is born, the mother cries and the father wipes tears from his own eyes.  Their love for the newborn is limitless, and yet the baby has done nothing to deserve this love.  However, this love gives it a reason to fight for life.  I’ve been in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and watched as a struggling infant wrapped its tiny little fingers around a parent’s pinkie.  Suddenly the heart rate increased and warmth began to spread across the little body.  The baby had no clue what life holds.  The future is dark and uncertain.  There are going to be days when it feels like giving up and when, like Job, it will curse the day it was born.  And yet it still fights for life.  Neither does it realize that there will be sunny days.  There will be days when it seems the world is a beautiful and perfect place amidst all its imperfections.  No, this is not why a newborn fights.  It fights because it’s loved.  It doesn’t understand anything about life; the joys, the tears, the fun, the sorrow; but it does understand love.

Our Father loves us infinitely more than any human parent can love their child.  We’ve done nothing and can do nothing to deserve His love.  Give $3 million to an orphanage in India?  God owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  Perform a lifesaving brain surgery?  God is the One who created the brain to begin with.  Bring thousands of people to the foot of the cross?  Anything we can do would be meaningless without Christ’s sacrifice.  Often we subconsciously try to please God by doing more good things.  It’s like a newborn trying to earn its Father’s love by giving away the clothes just given to it, or performing a cool slight-of-hand magic trick, or telling everyone in the hospital how great its parents are.  Seems rather stupid and needless since the father loves his newborn child without the infant doing a thing.  Yet that’s how God loves us.  Once you grasp that realization, the implications are immeasurable.  It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’ve done, or where you’ve been, your Father loves you more than you can ever begin to imagine.

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness." Jeremiah 31:3

2 comments:

  1. Hey Seth, it's David Harris, an SAU student currently serving as an SM in Honduras. I really enjoyed this post man. It really spoke to me since I've been experiencing some pretty dark days lately. Thank you for reminding me of how amazing God's love is. I hope to see more posts in the future. God bless.

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    1. David!! It's so good to hear from you. I went and read some of your blog; it's great to hear things are going well for you over in Honduras. I'm glad this post could be an inspiration to you as well! God always knows just how to remind us of His care when we need it the most. Feel free to subscribe to my blog (top right corner) to stay up to date with my posts. Praying for you man - keep up the good work!

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