Two couples I know had babies recently. Two babies who entered the world in completely opposite ways. The first baby entered the world not breathing. My heart sinks every time I think about it. The second baby entered the world without issues. The situation reminds me of Jesus being questioned about the blind man. Who sinned, this man or his parents? Jesus’ answer shocked the crowd.

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
(John 9.3-7)

The difference between how these two babies entered the world show how sin and the fall has effected us all, even a small little baby. “From the moment we’re born, we’re shipped wrecked, struggling between hope and despair” (Movie – City of Joy, 1992). As we enter the world we are not immune to the brokenness of this world.

Some may ask how a loving God could allow this, but this is a story of a loving God. A God that loves all creation, and has a plan that will one day fully restore it. “…this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” They entered the world in different ways yet they both reveal the glory of God and his awesome creative power. God the Father has a plan for each of them, a plan to prosper, a plan to reveal his glory amongst the darkness of the world.

May they both grow to have deep relationships with their creator!

Nathaniel entered the world and needed a little help to get going.

Annalee entered the world without complications a few days after Nathaniel.