Sunday, April 29, 2012
I love baby movement! I have been feeling my baby move for about 13 weeks and I have not gotten over it yet. When the baby moves, it is a sign of life and a sign of growth. As an expectant mother, it is always a positive thing to feel my baby move.
But what about for the baby? I know that every time he (or she) moves, it is not out of excitement and joy of being alive! Sometimes he is cramped and uncomfortable, trying to find a better position. Sometimes he is reacting to external stimuli. If I drink something cold, he might be moving away from that odd sensation. If there is a loud noise, he might be startled. If there is a big change from dark to light, again the baby is reacting to something that is new or uncertain.
Other times the baby is reacting to the sound of my voice talking or singing. Or he is just awake and moving around for fun.
But I take all movement as good - all movement is a sign that this baby is growing and alive!
It has made me wonder... When we cry out to God in hard circumstances, when we figuratively (or literally?) kick and scream over discomfort in our lives, when we react to new or uncomfortable things - does God get excited because these are signs of life? Does He say - Yes! She's growing, she's going through things that are going to develop her character and make her more into the woman I'm forming her to be!
I know this is too simplistic - I know that God grieves with us when we grieve, that He is bringing His Kingdom, and He is in the process of making all things new, doing away with pain, suffering and death. And I know He tells us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us. But I still wonder if from His perspective, when we struggle and wrestle with hard things, if to Him this is a sign of life and growth that excites Him for what He knows is coming.