Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Father Reflections

When people ask me how I'm feeling about the whole "I'm gonna be a dad" thing, I tell them that I'm excited. (They can already tell this by the huge grin on my face). This then begs the question, what am I most excited about?

Changing poop-filled diapers.

Not really. :)

What I am most excited about is the infinite potential of this brand new person. God has given us human beings the gift of creation, reflecting the image of the Creator. Right now, without really having to think about it, Katie is creating a human being inside her body. That fosters an extraordinary sense of awe in me. Even more remarkable is that when this little human is born, they contain the potential for absolutely anything. My child could become an amazing leader, a gifted artist, a professional athlete, the person who cures cancer, the person who invents a new technology, the person who radically impacts the world for the Gospel of Jesus, etc. 

I think of our recent inauguration of President Obama. I am sure when he was born that his father would never have expected that this little baby would become the first African-American president, arguably the most powerful man in the world. But the potential was present right from the beginning. The beautiful part is that God allows us as parents to be a part of unleashing that potential, of guiding and teaching and forming the new person that He has created through us. 

Katie and I have been reflecting a lot on Psalm 139 during this pregnancy. I love this:

For you created my inmost being; 
       you knit me together in my mother's womb.

    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
       your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

    My frame was not hidden from you 
       when I was made in the secret place. 
       When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. 

       All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

It's an incredible privilege that God gives us the gift of creating new life and helping unleash the potential of a new person created in His image.