God’s workmanship is marvelous

But God saw me before I was born

Psalm 139:13-17 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion … You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. … How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!

These verses have been repeating in my head ever since my first glimpse of my granddaughter Juliana as she was born Friday evening. Every tiny part of her, so perfect, so complete. A brand new unique little person. Marvelous indeed.

Juliana an hour after birth

Ultrasound gives us a shadowy image of a child in the womb. But God sees these little ones perfectly. David tells us in this psalm that God is intimately involved with the creation of each little person. That’s why our daughter Karis was convinced that her intestinal disability was not a “mistake,” but rather something God intended to use for good. And she lived her life accordingly, always looking for what God was doing through every difficult or joyful circumstance. Still, I felt immense relief when I saw little Juliana’s first poop! Something Karis never had. I don’t know what Juliana’s challenges will be, but her intestines seem to work perfectly. Thank you, Lord.

Big sister Liliana, Aunt Valerie, cousin Caleb, and Mommy: part of the family already loving Juliana

Our extended family is growing fast! Between December 2019 and May 2020, five little girls were born, including our Talita and Liliana. The next batch included two boys, a little girl in the Cayman Islands, and now Juliana. Two babies are due in December.

God sees and intimately knows each one of them. And you and me too. No wonder the psalmist says God’s thoughts about us are precious.

With Mom and Dad, ready for a rest