It's been far too long since I've posted. I've kept my hands busy and let my mind rest lately by making my first baby afghan. It was a different kind of bliss than paint and canvas. I wonder at our God-given senses sometimes. Soft skin of newborns, scrunchy soft fur on my sweet friend's puppy, the feel of sand in your toes, gravel's sound on the tires as you drive to a loved ones home, the feel of your child or spouse's hand in yours. Our senses are amazing. Why did God bother? Why did He bother to let us feel the difference between a cat whisker and a fly or a piece of wool yarn? Why not just see or hear or taste? Why all five senses and in such depth? Any dog lover can tell you there is another sense. Spend time with a well adjusted pooch and feel your stress drain away and a calm, a peace fill you. How?
And another thing. Why did God bother to make Jesus come as a baby? Couldn't he just zap Him to earth to let Him fulfill His purpose? He had to feel what we feel - a mother's love, a father's tutelage, the sting of betrayal, cool water on a hot day, the need to have a need met, suffering, betrayal, being let down, judgement, hunger, thirst, the death of a friend, the joy of a hug, the feel of a sting. All this. This is my comfort. He knows. He knows me. He knows me personally. He was there. He spoke and I became. He planned it. He planned me - quirks and all, all uniquely mine. Why bother? It pleased Him to do so. Think about that. It pleased Him to create us knowing full well all that it would cost Him. He still did it. Still bothered. Still suffered. Still died. Ever held a baby? Ever looked into that sweet face and lost yourself in the tiny exquisite design? Imagine Christ's face on that baby. For you. Now imagine your face - Christ enamored with you. That's why He came. Not to the perfect...to the needy. It pleased Him to do so. We needed Him and He came. He knew we couldn't manage it without grace. He knew we couldn't figure it out on our own or ever be "good enough." He paid the price for us. I don't know about you, but I sure need Him. Happy soon to be birthday little one! Here's to discovering New Life with Christ. He says YOU are worth it.