“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” Carl Sandberg
I have never seen an ugly baby! And I have seen, held, and dedicated a lot of babies. A comedian once said all the babies he had seen were ugly and he wondered how people could love them. We were laughing while he dramatically talked about the things babies do. We all knew he was talking about us and not the baby.
Adam and Eve were beyond brilliant and creative; nothing like the crude drawings of early human ancestors in a child’s textbook. Sandberg’s point about babies was the marvels of human inventions do not compare to God’s gift of a baby.
“God made us plan and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.” Ecclesiastes 7:29, GN
God created us to enjoy fellowship with Him and one another! Life in the garden before Adam and Eve chose to disobey God was not complicated, it was very good. Their lives were blessed by God’s presence, and one another. His created gifts are for us to enjoy and care for to the glory of God and the good of one another.
What is a plain and simple life? It’s a virtuous life that leads to peace, happiness, fruitfulness and good success. Virtues like those described in 1st Peter really lead us into an uncomplicated life. “Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5–8, NLT
Holding, loving, and caring for a baby is one of life’s greatest joys! It’s a simple pleasure. God gave us life to live and enjoy. It is His pleasure to give us life. It is our joy to live for the glory of God.