My heart began to melt when I laid my eyes on you
With your hand in mine, you swept me away with your eyes of blue
This tiny little package so small and so frail is a gift He gave to me,
And I just have to tell
God blessed my life when He gave me you
And I promise to teach you about Him,
And show you His love in all that I do.
This treasure on loan from Heaven is God’s and His alone
But He gave me you so I could give you back to Him.
from “He Gave Me You”, written by Stephanie Marshburn
Before you were born…God Loved You
“Did You not pour me out like milk, and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews? You have granted me life and favor, and Your care has preserved my spirit.” Job 10:10-12
Life began, not at birth, but at the time God begins to shape and mold the new person into the unique individual that he or she will become – the moment we know as conception.
All life has dignity and value in God’s sight. From the young mother carrying an unplanned baby has value, so does the unborn child. The decisions to end the life of millions of unborn children is very grieving to Christ and what He declares as valuable to Him, should also be valuable to us. Paul gives us one reason why God values all life, a reason we don’t often consider. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16
God knew you before you were born. He knew your name. He knew every hair on your head. He knew what you would become. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14
Our destinies, what we become was all laid out. We all flounder around and wonder what we are meant to do. The possibilities God gives us of what we can become are endless. I believe everyone was born good; and flawed as we are, we still have the spiritual nature of God in us and the glorious possibilities God has reserved for us are many. In Jeremiah 1:5 God said to Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Then in Galatians, Paul writes about his own calling and explains, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles.” Galatians 1:15-16a. So just as God had a destiny for Jeremiah and Paul, He also has one for each of us…one He designed before we were born.
After all the wrongs I’ve done and the crying out for forgiveness and letting God lead me — by writing these pages, I’ve come to realize God’s gift to me is sharing God’s love with you who are reading them. To be a witness of His grace, which is available to everyone. What He’s done for me, He’ll do for you. I’ve always belonged to Him and so do you. When my mother was pregnant with me she was hoping for a boy, but when I was born she handed me to my father and said ‘here’s your daughter’. God gave me a loving father and what’s more neither of my fathers, my earthly one nor my heavenly One ever forsook me. I was loved even if I was a girl.
God’s unending love for you includes filling your life with eternal meaning. He knows the things He has yet to do through you. The legacy you will leave through the lives you touch and the lives to be touched by those lives — Those who don’t believe they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God who has loved them before the beginning of time, will have a hard time trusting that His love surrounds them when they are faced with life’s challenges. But as Jesus said to His disciples, which still applies to you and me today “And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 Take Jesus at His word.
God loved you before you were born.
He loves you today.
And your legacy is He will love you forever.