Away in a bathtub…er, manger

IMG_20150103_172451138At this writing, our second granddaughter is celebrating her first Christmas, having been born only a few days ago.  This was an interesting birth.  Granted, all my girls were born 30+ years ago, but to make things even more interesting, this wonderful event took place in Scandinavia, and things are a little different there—our little jewel was birthed underwater in a special bathtub, after which the new family was taken to a special area in the adjoining hotel for three days while they adjust and learn and ask questions and are generally pampered, rested, and supported until released home.   

Finally, someone is making some sense!

Not sure what Dopey’s part was in this reenactment….

Which is a far cry from the little Lego manger scene that I’m looking at right now (belonging to our first granddaughter, whose home we are in for Christmas!)  In fact, right now everyone is still asleep, the packages are just itching to be unwrapped, and I have enjoyed a few quiet moments reading Luke chapter 2. 

Now, if Scandinavia could provide such a nice environment for our sweet new bundle, why couldn’t God provide something a little more upscale than a dirty feeding trough in a stinky stable for His own Son??  On the surface, one could think…well, one could think many things, I suppose.  And do, but mistakenly.  

No matter how much we learn about conception, pregnancy and birth, even I have too much of an artistic soul to arrogantly think we can ever fully grasp the sublimity of it all, nor can anyone within a paradigm of a closed universe grasp the Grand Design.  For crying out loud, those of us who ascribe to a divinely open universe can’t see it all either! 

Which makes me think that this temporal life is likewise akin to a pregnancy as we are being formed and ready to be birthed into Eternity.  A whole bunch of things take place inside the womb preparing a child for their first appearance.  Isn’t the same happening to me, and those whom I so dearly love?  Who am I to question or doubt God’s unique plan and mysterious process He is using to bring about their preparation for the heavenly birthing process?

“Just as you cannot understand…the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things.”

And He does all things well

Ecclesiastes 10:8,9; 11:5  Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

15 thoughts on “Away in a bathtub…er, manger”

  1. First and foremost, congratulations on the birth of your little bundle of joy. I hope you get to see her soon. You know, we know so little about everything — though you’d swear we had infinite wisdom. Arrogance is our constant companion. I believe it’s high time we part ways.

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  2. How exciting to have two grandchildren now… they truly are a whole new ball game when it comes to filling our hearts with love, aren’t they!?! And I especially appreciate your paragraph about ‘no matter how much we learn.’ I recently read (again), “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ― Socrates
    If I have any wisdom…anything wise to say at all…it is a result of that quiet time in the Word… where all true wisdom in this life is derived. Your writing touches me so…and I’m sure this one was Spirit led as you read from Luke chapter 2. Thank you for taking the time… You are a blessing. 🙂

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    1. One of the greatest compliments anyone can give to someone else is the witness that the Holy Spirit has used them in someone else’s life. Thank you so much. And, yes, grandchildren bring a whole new dish to the table of life!!

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      1. Fully agree! Knowing that blesses you, blesses me! 🙂

        On another note… did you design your own blog site? I’m afraid I need some design tips. Can you by any chance direct me to a designer or a good tutorial? Still a novice at this, I’m afraid. I’m also concerned about copyrights for Bible verses, and for my site in general. Should I have a fixed copyright statement on my site for the version I use? Or just post it when I include a Scripture?

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        1. Definitely sign up for the WordPress Blogging 101 and then 201 self-paced tutorials.
          And then there are a LOT of reading tutorials also provided (FREE- I really like that word!) from WordPress. Yes, I designed my own site, but only with help from these tutorials and plenty of perseverance. (I hate Sudoku and jigsaw puzzles, so this is part of my brain activity…) Keep at it! We need your positivity in the blogosphere!


          1. Thank you so much Dawn for taking the time to answer my questions. I will certainly do the research using your recommendations. Ah, perseverance (ouch!)…one thing that is so difficult, yet something we must do to complete the work the Lord has given us…and most certainly, perseverance brings its reward! Thank you most of all for your encouragement…I am still learning to ‘write’ and feel I have so much to learn and so far to go. But then again, there is a lot of room for faith, trust and prayer in the process too. So with that said, I covet your prayers and again sincerely thank you. You spur me on! Blessings!!!

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  3. I never cease to be amazed at you! Just about the time you convince me how intelligent and fluent you are with your ” anyone within a paradigm of a closed universe grasp the Grand Design.” Then you throw in a down-homer like “for crying out loud.” For the most part I understand it all and it makes such uncommon common sense. 😀

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