“Oh, it’s perfect!”
Twenty-five-year-old Courtney breathed those words as she gazed at the ultrasound screen at the pregnancy center at which I work.
The young mother, the sonographer, and I stared in awe at the image of the bouncy 14-week-old baby in the womb.
“Look at those hands! I can see the fingers! And look at those long legs! It’s gotten big!” Courtney said.
Just two months prior, the young woman first visited our center with an intention to abort. Despite seeing her seven-week-old with a beating heart on the screen at that time, she held firm to her plan to abort.
“I can’t have another child,” she told the nurse. “My life is so messed up; I just can’t do it!”
We learned later she couldn’t afford the cost of abortion pills nor the drive to Colorado to obtain them.
By the time she had saved the money, she was too far along and would need a surgical abortion, with its even higher price. Courtney arranged to talk with True Care’s Resource Coordinator and was encouraged by her testimony and all the community referrals which she could provide.
Therefore, Courtney scheduled a second ultrasound with us, and her excitement at seeing her developing child spilled forth.
I saw her smiles and heard her comments during that second ultrasound. I silently celebrated as I watched the lively baby.
Simultaneously, my heart ached knowing many women abort at this stage, and later, in their pregnancies.
Along with Courtney and the nurse, I witnessed the developing spinal cord, saw the beating heart, and observed the baby’s antics.
I recalled that infamous Scripture, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13), and I rejoiced Courtney and her unborn didn’t travel the abortion road.
God creates all living things.
From Genesis 1 forward, we find references to God as Creator.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Colossians 1:16 says, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” John 1:3 tells us, “All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being,” and Nehemiah 9:6 says, “You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them and the heavenly host bows down before You.”
Large or small, human or not, God is the Creator.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Living in the west, I’m surrounded by God’s nature. I often observe pronghorn and turkeys right in my community.
The North Platte River filled with fish flows through town, and songbirds and water birds abound near the water, on the prairie, and people’s yards, including mine. Nature is seen and heard throughout Wyoming. I love it, and I feel blessed! God’s creation surrounds everyone, whether that’s a yard, a park, a botanical garden, or a family farm.
When we stop to observe and listen, we witness God’s majesty in what He’s made.
Recently my husband and I traveled to the towering Teton Mountains. Still covered with feet of snow, this majestic range fills me with amazement no matter how many times I see it. On this trip, we were also blessed with encounters of sandhill cranes osprey, hawks, and other birds, as well as bison, elk, and mule deer.
As I basked in beauty and solitude, this Scripture came to mind: “For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine.” (Psalm 50:10 & 11)
As we go into the summer season, I pray we remember God is our Creator and the Creator of all living things, and that He considers all His creation “good.” (see Genesis Chapter 1).
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May we always be in awe of those babies on the ultrasound screen; empathetic to the mothers who seek our help; respectful, kind, and compassionate toward other human beings; and appreciative of and caring about the nature He has created.
But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind. – Job 12:7 - 10