On Becoming a Grandfather

Four days ago, on April 6th, our first grandchild was born. As I held her, several scriptures came to mind.

Granddaughter

Granddaughter

– “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13-14) – Indeed, I know full well how wonderful God’s works are. One day this week, as I held our tiny six-pound granddaughter, I looked at her and studied her features until I got a headache! I tried to imagine how God made such a perfect-looking little girl, all complete, and wonderfully made. How did He knit her together in her mother’s womb? How did He get every detail just right? I noticed that her forearm, from her elbow to the tips of her fingers is about the same size as my index finger! Then I looked at her tiny hand, and how each tiny finger extends from her hand, just like mine.  Then I noticed that each tiny finger has knuckles just like mine, and even creases in her skin across each knuckle. Then I imagined looking deeper into her skin with a microscope, and seeing some of the billions of cells that make up her body, realizing that Christ is holding each cell in its perfect place (Colossians 1:17)

– “Thus is the man blessed who fears the LORD. May the LORD bless you from Zion all the days of your life; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem, and may you live to see your children’s children.  (Psalms 28:4-6) – This tells me that I have received a great blessing, because I have lived to see my children’s children.

– “Children’s children are a crown to the aged.” (Proverbs 17:6) – Our new granddaughter is certainly a crown that I wear with pride. The other truth to this verse is that, by the very definition of grandparents, I’m becoming “aged.” I’m only 53, so I’m not really old by most standards, but my daily aches and pains remind me that I’m certainly not young any more. But now there is a young lady to take my place when I’m gone. This is God’s order of things.

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