How could anyone do this, especially a parent? My brain tried to wrap around the facts: An adorable, 4 week old baby boy with creamy, ivory, bruised skin….and a broken arm. I instantly felt angry seeing the damage to his body and I cringed thinking about the invisible wounds to his soul. What kind of person intentionally breaks the arm of a newborn? With a heavy heart I looked at this child and wondered why God allows awful things to happen? Pain, abuse, sorrow, death. And baby boys with broken bodies and souls.[blockquote type=”left”]My mind silently screamed, “It was never supposed to be this way”.[/blockquote]Infants are meant to be cuddled and cared for and protected by parents who love them. Tears were created to express happiness and hearts were meant to only feel joy. Then in the Garden of Eden so much changed. It was laid out clearly: choose God and life or choose sin and death. There had to be a choice because true love doesn’t deny choice. The people before us chose sin. The people at present choose sin. And the people in the future will choose sin. Because of those choices, awful things happened, and are happening, and will happen. There are consequences. Temporary and eternal consequenses; the death of so many things. I saw the consequences that day. An infant boy with a broken arm.
But wait…. I also saw something absolutely beautiful. I saw living grace: I watched a young foster mom as she tenderly and protectively cradled that tiny baby boy close to her heart. No one would ever have guessed that this child wasn’t her own. It brought tears to my eyes as I observed genuine love being poured onto such a precious child. He was swaddled tightly, his belly was filled with warm milk, and finally after 4 weeks of torture and insecurity, he was sleeping safe and sound. I watched ashes turn beautiful; Psalm 61 being played out before my eyes. I saw a living, breathing picture of salvation. Of Jesus. Of Gods promise in Psalms “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up”.
[pullquote type=”right”]The Promise-keeper always keeps his promises. He promises that there will be a day when all wrong will be made right. [/pullquote]The Promise-keeper always keeps his promises. He promises that there will be a day when all wrong will be made right. Until then we get the unbelievable privilege of imaging our Savior and living out the Gospel. Yes, we may be immersed in a world of sin. But we are also immersed in grace. We would never be able to understand sin or grace fully without being directly in the midst of it and really seeing it up close and feeling the effects deeply.
Oh how I thank God for beautiful foster moms who live, breathe and walk such a vibrant and vivid picture of such amazing grace!
Sleep well, baby boy. Now I can sleep too.
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.
Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, tp proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort those that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD , that he might be glorified.
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