And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. –Romans 6:4b NLT
Mia Angelle 6 pounds and 4 ounces of tiny, exquisite perfection. Long, wispy eyelashes framed a face with cherubic rosy cheeks, and tight black curls formed a perfect little velvet-like cap. The finest pink cotton swaddled her little body. Dry and comfortable, she lay there sleeping soundly, the traumatic ordeal of her birth and entry into the world a distant memory that would only be truly known by her mother and the doctor.
As they watched her sleep and marveled, Mia’s parents praised God for this answer to prayer. She was truly “their angel!” By God’s grace and with His divine help and providence, they would raise her in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They didn’t know what the future had in store, yet they rested in the knowledge that their heavenly Father was the security of their future. Looking at each other, the new parents squeezed each other’s hand, thankful for the new life ahead of each of them.
As we reflect on the miracle of this natural birth, let’s ponder the wonderful miracle of spiritual birth. Each of us who name the name of Christ experienced the birthing of our souls into the kingdom of God. For some, the events leading up to spiritual birth may have been traumatic in nature as they struggled to break free from the evil one. If it were left up to him, he would forever keep us from “coming to our senses” so that we could “escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:26). For others, a quiet surrendering of the will and heart was all it took as we raised our hands heavenward and earnestly said, “Yes, Lord! I surrender all!”
In the grand scheme of things, how we came to the Lord is of little consequence. What matters is that, by the grace of God, the Holy Spirit drew us, and we came (John 14:6). Our ragged, sin-stained garments were removed, and we received spiritual robes in exchange. Just as little Mia Angelle was swaddled to keep her warm and comfortable, secure in a blanket of love, we too were “swaddled” by being given garments of praise and beauty in exchange for ashes (Isaiah 61:1-3).
The beauty of natural and spiritual births is that they are both full expressions of newness of life. Every day is a new day for Mia Angelle, and every day with the Lord is a new day for us as well. Go ahead and rejoice in your Savior. With Him, we are living new lives!