By Ron Hull
If we could converse with an unborn baby he might tell us to let him alone. Why should he go through the trauma of birth when he has it so good where he is? His little living quarters has twenty-four hour climate control, the food service is excellent, and he has a good, solid relationship with someone who loves him and caters to his every need, even at a sacrifice to herself.
Of course the conversation won’t take place and the little guy, like all his predecessors, will be involuntarily pushed out into another world. The old life-support system will be cut off and suddenly he will be slapped awake by reality. And then he’ll realize… his landlady evicted him! The one who loves him!
But adjustments will quickly be made to life on the outside and the newly-born will discover that it has its advantages. For one thing, the possibilities for growth will no longer be so restricted. Good news for someone who was running out of womb.
Even as the unborn might pause at the prospect of birth into another kind of world, so we are hesitant. We may like it where we are. Or, we may doubt that life is possible outside the womb of earthly existence.
Can it be that we are now only in the embryonic stage of development? That there is another, larger world into which we shall be born? Scripture affirms that it is so.
There is one who was called the “first-born from the dead.” Others will follow him. Born from the dead? Yes. A new kind of birth into a new kind of world.
If the future seems uncertain because of our present limited vision, remember the womb. It was once the totality of life as we knew it, but a new world was waiting; a new reality.
This is the resurrection hope. It is embraced by faith and it shines a new light on everything. Those who embrace it are embraced by it and become prisoners of hope—hope cradled in the conviction that, because of the Sonrise, a new day is coming.
Ron Hull is pastor of the Church of Christ. He may be reached by calling 559-592-2909.
Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.
This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.