The phrase ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ used to be very abstract, but it now has flesh and bones in my little daughter.
She’s now over three months old, and is becoming even more of a delight. She can interact with people around her, she smiles with a face that would melt steel, and is starting to even make little vocalisations as if she’s trying to have a conversation.
From my point of view, it’s like she’s gone from being a helpless little baby that sleeps all the time to a real little person. It’s a very cool time.
Which brings me to the title of this post – ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’
To put that into context, it comes from a Psalm written by King David, the full verse of which goes like this:
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
(Psalm 139:14, New International Version)
As my little girl continues to grow, I see just how awesomely and wonderfully made she is.
Her little eyes are wide open as saucers, taking in all sorts of data about the world around her. Without realising it, she’s already setting up core memories of how to relate to the world around her. She has long known who mum and dad are, and she certainly interacts more closely with us than with other people.
There is an absolute purity about her. She hasn’t yet learned about divisions between people, she doesn’t understand the messed up world of politics, and she doesn’t have too stress about much, apart from when she can’t stick her hand in her mouth.
Of course, there are times where she isn’t so wonderful too. Like when she is over-tired and won’t go down for a nap. Or she grizzles and cannot be soothed, which can be embarrassing in some circumstances.
But that doesn’t detract from her wonder and awe, which comes from being created.
And we’re all in that boat. We all start out as innocent, wonderful little babies that have innate worth, created for relationship and full of all sorts of potential.
Yes, we also face all kinds of challenges, and will go through all sorts of rubbish over our lifetimes. We deal with all kinds of suffering and evil, both on the receiving end and dishing it out. We’re all deeply broken and wounded, relating to other people who have the same problem. It is the human condition.
But, no matter our circumstance, we are still created with awe and wonder. And I believe that the God that spoke to David and created him is still working in this world to redeem it and bring out the awe and wonder that He created.
Fearfully and wonderfully made? You betcha.