Sunday, July 06, 2008
It's funny how once you have a child, suddenly you see the world with a new set of eyes- the eyes of a mother. We set off fireworks in front of our house on the 3rd, and the entire time I could not relax because I worried about a stray rocket coming Bradley's way. Same thing with the night of the 4th when we were in a park in Pensacola to watch their fireworks show, and people throughout the crowd were setting off their own fireworks before the show began! The entire time I was on guard, ready to dash in front of any rogue roman candle that was headed towards Bradley's carrier.
This morning in church I had a little different experience seeing the world with my new mother-vision. We closed the worship set with "In Christ Alone" (finally! a song I, along with the rest of the congregation, knew!). I've sung that song a thousand times before. I love it, and its words speak powerfully to me, but today a few lines stood out to me in a way they never have before:
In Christ alone who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe
As I looked down at sleeping Bradley in his carrier (we have an angel child by the way, and I'm not just saying that because I'm his mom- he really is that good of a baby that every time we take him out, he sleeps peacefully in his carrier no matter where we are!), anyways, as I gazed lovingly at my son, it occurred to me for the first time what it really meant for Christ to come and surrender himself to becoming an infant, dependent on his earthly parents for every need when He himself was the savior of the world. Immediately I became humble as I thought of all the care it takes for me to meet Bradley's every day needs, and how Jesus entered into this world and gave up his role as King and Lord so He could live a mortal life from beginning to end in the perfect sinless way to lead us by example. He didn't have to do that, but it was Christ alone who chose to take on flesh and become a helpless babe for us, for me, for you.
Talk about being humbled! I was... I am.