Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Birth

New life is an amazing gift... one of God's miracles. A couple of weeks ago, Lotus the cow gave birth to a little bull calf, Herbert. I missed his arrival, not discovering him until he was 24 hours old. This brought back memories of Lotus's previous birth, early last year - one that I was blessed to see from start to finish. It was a special memory... one that we captured on camera.

There was great excitement when her waters broke, and out came the fluid (I'm sorry if some of these photos are pretty graphic... they aren't exactly delicate views... but they are pretty amazing!)



Lotus was in calf to a big-framed charolais bull, so Dad was concerned that she would have a hard birth... which she did. We were so glad that it happened during the day, when we could help out. She struggled for quite a while - and then something appeared...



Lotus seemed glad of the help. She was in too much pain to protest, anyway!


And then... out came little Fergus. He needed a good rub. After the hard delivery, it took a while to get him breathing well - as the yellowy-blue hooves testify.


Concerned Mummy, utterly self-forgetful, is instantly on the alert to protect her baby!


As we stepped away, things returned to a semblance of calm and peaceful normality, beautiful to behold.


The good once-over lick


A beautiful caress


The birth of a little creature like this is such a miraculous gift.

How much more precious is the natural birth of a baby!

And how much more amazing and special than this, is a spiritual birth in Christ Jesus! It is the most precious of miracles, a cause for the greatest of rejoicing and thanksgiving to our Lord and Saviour, "being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" (1 Pet 1:23).

We were born into a state of the most hopeless death, "as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12). But thank the Lord that we don't have to be forever condemned to this state of death and sin, because our hope lies in the Lord Jesus!

"Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection" (Romans 6:4-5).

Our precious Lord Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man can come unto the Father, but by me" (Jn 14:6).

How blessed it is to hear His invitation, "And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely" (Rev 22:17).

It is so good to remember the preciousness of new life in Christ; for it is the greatest gift we shall ever receive. It reminds me to ask, though: Am I abiding in Christ? Is He the life that flows through me - my joy, my righteousness, my strength? I pray, for you and for me, that He will teach us to abide in Him more every day, and lead us to Calvary where we will see our need for Him. For without Him, we can do nothing. He is our Redeemer, our Saviour, our Friend. Praise Him!





8 comments:

Carra - a bondservant of Jesus said...

Ah Maddy! What a beautiful post that was! I really liked the pictures you shared, and they didn't hit me wrong at all.

Birth is such a blessing! But I really enjoyed what you said about our birth in Christ Jesus!
We are so truly blessed. He is our Everything!

Thank you for serving Him.
Love your sister and friend in Him,
Carra

Joy said...

Hi Maddy!
This was simply a lovely post! It was amazing seeing all these pictures, and I didn't think either that they were really 'graphic'... just natural and amazing!

Yes, our new birth in Jesus Christ is even more beautiful and awesome than any earthly birth. I was blessed by your sharing of those verses. May we be found abiding in Him, His life and love. He is our everything! God bless you and keep you in His amazing love.
In Him
~Joy

P.S. I really enjoyed our time of sharing together yesterday... it was really special and I thank the Lord for it!

April said...

Hey Maddy!
That's a beautiful story of the calf's birth...and a beautiful analogy to our rebirth in Christ.
Thank you for the post!

Maddy said...

Hi Carra!

It was lovely to hear your thoughts, thanks for commenting :). I'm relieved that you and Joy don't think the pictures were too graphic - that's just the process of birth, isn't it - and it's very special.

I'd love to see photos of your kids, when they arrive in the Spring! I've never seen a newborn baby goat before - actually, I haven't seen goats much at all. Although our sheep - Damarra - are thought to look more goat-like than sheep-like :).

Yes, we are so truly blessed to know our Lord Jesus, and His great love and grace. Thank you, too for serving Him.

Love,

Maddy

Maddy said...

Hi Joy,

Lovely to hear from you! Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed the post. As we were all leaning on the rails around the yard, watching Lotus give birth, we couldn't help but wonder at the Lord's amazing handiwork... how He has planned and ordered everything down to the smallest detail, with such ingenuity and beauty.

It is so true... how much more beautiful and amazing is our new birth in Christ. That He reached down to us with such grace, bearing the greatest of pain and sorrow that we might be redeemed in Him. What grace... what a depth of love. Yes, He is truly our everything. We can only but praise Him!

Thank you, it was truly so lovely to spend time with you yesterday and share. It was special!

Love,

Maddy

Maddy said...

Hi April!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciated hearing from you, and your encouraging words :).

I feel as though I already know you a little, through Carra! It's been a great blessing to 'meet' you both.

The Lord be with you today, and always.

Your sister in Him,

Maddy

Sarah said...

Hi Maddy,
These photos are amazing...how marvellous is God's handiwork! The analogy you drew between birth of the calf and our spiritual rebirth is Christ is very beautiful. Thanks be to God for his amazing Grace!
God Bless,
Sarah

Maddy said...

Hi Sarah, lovely to hear from you! Thanks for the encouraging thoughts. Yes, thanks be to the Lord. He is most worthy of all praise!

Hope you have a lovely week :), and that in the Lord, all is well.

Love,

Maddy