Sunday Sermon 5.8.21 – Mother’s Day
The United Nations tells us that there are 385,000 babies born each day, equaling 140 million babies a year. According to the Population Reference Bureau the total number of people born total, over all time is 108 billion. That means those of us alive now, represent 7% of the total number of humans who have lived.
Of those births per year, in the United States, 1-2% of them or 4 million, are by IVF – In Vitro Fertilization. This is the process by which the sperm and the egg are handled in the lab, where fertilization occurs, and then placed as embryos in the uterus 2-5 days later for full development and delivery.
Although, sadly, there are 1 in 4,500 females who are born with an underdeveloped or nonexistent uterus, (MRKH, a uterine factor infertility), the vast majority of girls and thereby women possess the very tool used to house each of us from conception to birth- a womb (uterus).
Each of us can trace our beginnings to a womb. It is the only thing that we all share.
When King David wrote Psalm 139, there was only one way for a child to be born and that was from a sperm and an egg coming together and implanting in the womb. In his day there was no such thing as IVF, GIFT (gamete intrafallopian transfer, ZIFT (zygote intrafallopian transfer, or FET (frozen embryo transfer). None of these Assisted Reproductive Technologies existed as they do today.
But does that change the power and impact of Psalm 139:13-16? I think not. Please read it:
” For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”King David
This organ, which David called the womb, is that hallow muscular organ in which we each developed and grew until we reached our 40 week gestation period (or thereabouts). This amazing organ, God actually borrowed from your birth mom to carry you, because He could not. Think of it.
Think of it – of the thousands of sperm and thousands of egg possibilities that could have coupled, the sperm and egg that made YOU, came together! Psalm 139 tells us that God knit us together in the womb. He brought those exact eggs together for YOU to be conceived and eventually born. He saw your unformed body in that dark womb, nothing was hidden from him. As cells split and grew and you developed and became more and more complex, it was His hand directing your formation. His hand guiding their progress, and His will for you being written down, each and every days events- all before you started crying that very first day!
He chose for you to be born. He chose those eggs to meet and for fertilization to occur. Not another set, but the one that made YOU. He chose the sperm from your dad and the egg from your mom, because he longed to share His love with YOU. That is why he borrowed your mom’s womb, to carry you for Him, until He could smile upon you and your life with His mighty love and power.
You are not a mistake, an accident, an oops! You are not an unwanted birth! You are not here because of the will of a man or a woman! You are not here because a couple “planned you”.
You are here, because GOD PLANNED YOU. He wanted YOU. You are an ON PURPOSE, because God wanted you to share in His everlasting life. You are here, on this Mother’s day, because your Heavenly Father loves you and everything about you. He loves you so much He wants to spend eternity with YOU. He loves you so much, He will help you change. Geesh, if He can help you change and help you develop in the womb, the change outside the womb is a piece of cake for Him.
The womb that you were carried in is an amazing organ, designed by God specifically to carry YOU. It shifts around to make space for you. It grows bigger, from the size of an orange to the size of a watermelon. It actually expands up up 500x during pregnancy.
Even the 9 or so months of pregnancy is a pretty amazing journey for you and the one who carried you for God.
Your mom’s blood volume increased 40-50%, her heart enlarged to pump the increased blood, joints loosened and hormones softened ligaments, that made the pelvis more flexible. Even the things she ate affected you, like spicy food, especially garlic. You recognized her voice at 18 weeks and within another week or two you responded to noises while you were still in the womb.
You were able to cry in the womb and if you did, your loving Heavenly Father was right there, in those dark days with you in the womb.
God even equipped your mom to grow an additional organ to provide for you all the nutrition and waste removal that you needed. Know what it was called? The placenta.
He also designed the female bones to be able to separate during birth. The pelvic bone actually separates during the birthing process just so that YOU could come into the world and be loved by God.
Psalm 71:6 says, “You have brought me forth from my mothers womb.”
Job 31:15, “God… who made me in the womb.”
Psalm 22:10, ” Yet, you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.”
Psalm 100:3, ” Know that the Lord is God. It is He who had made us, and we are His…”
Isaiah 49:15-16, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will never forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…”
I am totally overwhelmed when I think that it was God who wanted me to be born and not my parents. Whether or not they did or whatever other circumstances that surrounded my conception, I am an ON PURPOSE. God wanted ME (and YOU) to be carried in that womb and born on that day.
I am astounded that God knew that there would be some mom’s that would “forget” their children. In modern terms we may say neglect, abuse, or refuse; but He is quick to point out that HE WILL NEVER FORGET US.
In fact, that can be said of the 7.5 billion people alive today as well as those 108 billion that have ever lived. God planed a purpose for each one and lavished his love on each and every one. Including you. He will never forget us.
So whether your birth cost the average $5,000-11,000 for a vaginal delivery or $10,000 for IVF, God chose that womb to carry you so that He could love you for all eternity.
God chose the womb to carry you. Hand picked the DNA ahead of time, so that YOU would be born. Knit every part of you together in that dark place. He supervised your development and wrote about your days in His book. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Then he brought you forth out of the womb so that He could shower His love on you for all eternity.
That is the thing that we all share.
Happy womb day!