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You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about (Psalm 139: 13-14, TLB).

    Do you realize that physically, emotionally, and intellectually, you are exactly the person God wanted you to be when He created you? Ask God to make these two verses real to you. We are privileged to live in a time when God has revealed more scientific truth to man than in any other period in history. We have great knowledge about both the immensity of the universe and the complexity of our own bodies. When the psalmist said, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit them together,” he could not begin to understand this as fully as we do today.

    A number of years ago, I purchased a National Geographic book entitled The Incredible Machine. It provides amazing information about our bodies, complete with full-color photographs taken inside human blood vessels and organs. Following are some remarkable excerpts about the creation of life:

“The newborn baby embodies innocence, yet conceals the most taunting of all riddles: the generation of human life. The story begins with sperm and egg as they combine to form a single cell. Sheltered in the mother’s womb, the cell multiplies. Soon there are hundreds of different cells able to make some 50,000 different proteins to control the work of all our cells— collagen to build skin, insulin to control energy use, hemoglobin to supply oxygen. Before long, the groups of cells are gathering into layers, then into sheets and tubes, sliding into the proper places at the proper times, forming an eye exactly where an eye should be, the pancreas where the pancreas belongs. The order of appearance is precise, with structures like veins and nerves appearing just in time to support the organs that will soon require them. In four weeks the progeny of the first cell have shaped a tiny beating heart; in only three months they are summoning reflex responses from a developing brain. Nothing more than specks of chemicals animate these nascent cells as they divide. Yet in just nine months, some twenty-five trillion living cells will emerge together from the womb; together they will jump and run and dance; sing, weep, imagine, and dream.”1

    Isn’t this incredible? It is a modern-day description of the psalmist’s words, “You knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

1. The National Geographic Society, The Incredible Machine (Washington, D.C.: The National Geographic Society, 1986, 1992, 1994), 13

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