I Am That Baby

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I looked in the mirror this morning and realized I am the most important person in the world to God. And so is the next person. And the next person. Because God is all-powerful and omnipresent, it’s as if each of us has God entire giving sole attention to us. Do we fail to ask for His attention? If so, we grievously fail ourselves.

I’ve seen a baby ultrasound face picture recently, remembered the one of my daughter, and visited a Chinese friend and her newborn son. As I looked at my face in the mirror, I thought of that, how I was once that beautiful, brand-new creation knit together in my mother’s womb. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, of course, but – also of course – I am just as precious to God today as I was when tiny, helpless, and innocent.

And so are you.

In late September we buried the last of our parents, Jeff’s 93-year-old mother. Pictures from her youth were quite impressive at the funeral visitation. How beautiful she was, an 18-year-old war bride! That face at 93 – the one under the lid of the casket – suffered years of declining health. But no wrinkle, no pallor, no weakness mars beauty except to us, who sometimes forget what beauty is.

In these pictures, granddaughter and grandmother show remarkable family resemblance at similar age!

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Never forget how beautiful you are, and live accordingly! The world needs your beauty to shine forth in positive words and good works.

“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

Betsy Lowery is a native of North Carolina who has lived in Alabama her entire adult life. A Dawson member, she is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an employee at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Her devotional book, Pause: Everyday Prayers for Everyday Women, was published in 2004. She is now offering regular excerpts from the book on Facebook at Books by Betsy Lowery under the heading “PAUSE to Remember.” She shares longer devotional messages at calledoutlife.wordpress.com and has two inspirational novels in the works that she hopes will be published. Betsy loves to spend morning time before work at Panera Bread, knitting or writing over breakfast. Betsy and her husband, Jeff, have two grown daughters.