The birth of your first born child.
Its almost magical isn’t it? There are no words to describe the intensity of the emotions associated with that very moment. We try to explain it, but no matter how many descriptors we use, it doesn’t seem to do our feelings justice. Close your eyes and reflect back on your favorite part of bringing your first born into the world. Stay there for a moment…
What did their skin feel like?
How did you feel when you heard them cry for the first time?
What were you thinking the first time you held them close in your arms?
Did the birth of your child change you? Was there an instant shift in your priorities or values?
The memory of my Leo being born is not so distant and I’ve been visiting that moment every day for the last 8 weeks hoping that I wouldn’t forget a single detail. The second his little body touched my chest, I said out loud, “He is so warm.” Thats all I could think about through the flood of emotions that were putting a lump in my throat. I’m not sure what I was expecting really. But there was something that connected us through the warmth of his smooth, slick skin and it stuck with me.
Everything changed in my world, within seconds. The umbilical cord was cut, but a much stronger one had replaced it. One that couldn’t be seen or broken. I was permanently tethered to this tiny human and there wasn’t anything in the world I wouldn’t do for him, including giving up my life. It is truly amazing how such a big change can happen so rapidly – I still find it befuddling.
Now that we’ve had all the feels, lets shift gears. Imagine a powerful mighty ruler trying to come after your newborn child and kill them. Its absolutely horrifying.
What would you do first? Would you take matters into your own hands? Would you seek revenge? Would you start a war?
In Matthew 2:1-14 we read about King Herod plotting to find baby Jesus and kill him. I can’t imagine the terror of being on the run and hiding out in order to protect the life of your tiny helpless baby. But what stands out to me in this passage is God’s protection over Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.
“Now after they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, Get up! [Tenderly] take unto you the young Child and His mother and flee to Egypt; and remain there till I tell you [otherwise], for Herod intends to search for the Child in order to destroy Him.” Matthew 2:13
In verse 12 the wisemen were divinely warned not to return to Herod but they didn’t warn Mary and Joseph. It was an angel of God that appeared to them and told them of the danger and what to do. This is a great example of how God is always operating on our behalf, even when we don’t know it. Mary and Joseph were none the wiser of Harod’s plot and wouldn’t have known to run to Egypt if it weren’t for God looking out for them. After finding out, they could have retaliated but they didn’t. They obeyed the angel’s instructions and fled to Egypt. They were protected just as God still protects us.
Often times, we get in a situation with our children where we feel we have to protect or defend them through our own strength and will. Has your child ever been threatened or bullied? Did the mama bear come out in you? Our first response can be to take control of the situation and not put our trust in God and seek His help first. But, we can rest assured that the Lord is our great defender and is always looking out for us.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19
I’m guilty of responding first by wanting to take matters into my own hands. I’ve been tempted to take revenge many times! And you know what? Every time I seek God first, the situation always ends up working out better than if I would have handled it on my own.
Leo is too small right now to be bullied or have his feelings hurt but literally, God help me when it happens. Today I’m reminded of a couple things:
Even when I don’t know it, God is working on my behalf and that of my child.
When I want to lash out, start a war or take revenge over something threatening my child, go to God first.
Moms, this is a tough one. We have an instinct to protect. Let’s join together and help each other to remember that we aren’t fighting for our children alone, after all, God loves them more than we do.
Grab your coffee and lets meet tomorrow for Luke 2:12-24!