Last week, Kim and I finally got to go to San Diego to hold our newest Grandbaby, Charlotte Anabel Plumb, who was born on September 12! She was Carissa and Zach’s first child and our fourth grandchild.
I asked the new parents, “Did you ever think that your parents loved you as much as you love your baby right now?”
“No” was their reply.
I am amazed by how much babies witness to their creator! How amazing that something that was living inside her mother’s airtight womb suddenly transitioned to living on the outside by breathing air!
In a realm of variation and survival of the fittest, there are so many consistencies that aren’t “life and death” issues.
- Why do mammals produce colostrum before the milk comes in? How does this substance, rich in antibodies, appear when the offspring needs it most, then it goes away and it is replaced by milk . . . all perfectly engineered for the well-being of the offspring?
- Why, within the variation of the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth are they so consistently placed? If everything was truly random selection, they could pop up almost anywhere . . . but they don‘t!
- Why is the ear mysteriously designed to collect sound and funnel it to the eardrum?
Would life not have occurred anyway without these little nuances that enhance life?
Many people have said, “If I knew how fun grandchildren were, I would have had them first!” When someone made that comment to me, my reply was, “I wasn’t mature enough.”
There was a couple riding the elevator to see their first grandchildren (twins). The husband was pushing his wife’s wheelchair. He explained, “We waited a long time for this!” His point of view was that being a grandparent is great because “you can give them back!”
Yeah, there’s that too!
The wisdom and perspective that only having lived a few years brings, is one of the reasons why Dr. Vincent Fortanasce, a neurologist and psychiatrist, as well as a veteran Little League Coach, recommended the idea that the ideal coaching staff includes a grandparent. He talks about this point in his book, "Life Lessons From Little League".
I know I wish in many ways that I could have a “do-over", yet I have a greater appreciation for the grace of God!
Each stage of life has its struggles and its strengths, and it's sweet spots and it's shortcomings! That’s why we all benefit from coming to know, love, and serve Jesus! As the embodiment of the “Word” of God, who speaks perspective and wisdom that is outta this world!