“Mom, why did God make me?”
My ears perked up like a Golden Retriever at the sharp squeak of its favorite ball.
6-year old Chase took in my facial expression as I processed his question, and the email I was working on was lost in training-up-a-child translation. I adore this part of parenting – the sling-shot, emotionally charged, Marianas Trench-deep spiritual questions our boys pose during the mundane moments of life.
Chase loves hearing stories about when he and his brother were younger and when I was pregnant with them. He wore a slap-happy grin when I told him about the thank you card I was writing out for a friend’s baby shower gift when I was 7 months pregnant. In the card, I apologized for taking so long to get to her, mainly because I had to chase 16-month old Cole around. Seeing those two names together, Chase and Cole, clicked a light on in my brain, and even though we’d initially avoided using another ‘C’ name, we agreed Chase Matthew would be perfect.
Chase lived up to his name, starting a crab-crawl at 6 months and surprising us by taking his first wobbly steps on a cold January day when he was 9 months old. His determination was spurred on by a desire to get what his older brother had and do what his older brother was doing.
As I thought about Chase’s sweet question, scripture flew full-steam through my mind, verses stating unequivocally that we’re made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26 & 27), and that our Creator loves us so much He sent His Son Jesus – Immanuel, God with us – as a perfect sacrifice to cover our sin (John 3:16, Isaiah 7:14).
But my favorite portion of life-affirming scripture touting our unique design by God is a potent Psalm penned by King David.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. ~ Psalm 139: 13-16
A few months ago, the Lord directed me to read Psalm 139 with the boys, and for a couple of weeks we read over this Psalm, focusing on verses 13-16. I treasure that time and plan to read it with them again, soon.
Our children need to know they’re sinners, separated from God by a heart that naturally seeks self over everything else, and that’s why we need Jesus. They also need to know they’re loved by us – unconditionally – and that their Creator loves them even more than we do! He created them on purpose and for a purpose and their lives are unique and necessary and special.
I reminded Chase that he’s “fearfully and wonderfully” made by God, and I wrapped my arms around his growing shoulders and simply told him, “God made you because He wanted a Chase Matthew in the world.”
Remind your kids that they’re unique creations, loved by God and purposed by Him and for Him.