This post was written by contributing writer, Tasha from Spann-ing the Globe.
“So God created man in His Own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female, He created Them. God blessed them and said to them ‘Be fruitful and increase in number….’” (Genesis 1:27-28).
My eyes open and it is dark outside, the hall light is shining into the bedroom. I listen closely to the sounds of the night to determine the reason why I’ve awoken. I hear a noise and turn to my right. Lying beside me, nestled in her swaddle is my sweet little three week old baby girl with her eyes wide open. Her mouth opens wide in a big yawn and she stretches out her little arms and legs. I smile as she coos again, and I gently pick her up to begin nursing her. I stare into her big baby blue eyes as she flexes her hands to reach for me as she nurses patiently. Looking at my precious baby, I wonder to myself, how much of this is instinctual to mothers, knowing what my baby needs and wants?
Psalms 127:3-5 tells us that children are a gift from the Lord, but not every woman is intended for motherhood. The Bible tells us to be fruitful, but it does not say everyone will multiply. God has given women the ability to create life in our wombs – to create another living being in the image of God (a process with eternal ramifications).
During one of our pre-natal sessions with our doula, we asked her why she felt moved to help women during pregnancy and birth. Her response was short, but very intriguing. “There is something very holy about the birthing process.” This is part of God’s blessing to us here on earth, to create life. In fact, nowhere in the Bible does the concept of “being fruitful and increasing in number” have any connotation other than a blessing. I have come to realize how big a blessing parenthood truly is.
As God created man, then woman, God created this child in me and now He is creating a mother in me. As my instincts kick in, I find myself full of motherly love. A love that knows that I must care for my child, nurture her, meet her needs, comfort her, and teach her about the love of God. No matter what the day may bring, I feel blessed that God has chosen me to care for this precious gift and I know that with God’s help, I will be a better person and mother. I am so thankful for the God’s creation of motherhood.