You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.Psalm 139:15
I said I wouldn't use this blog as a platform for anything controversial or political. I tend to sometimes get caught up in the political goings on of our country and sometimes, it got me in trouble on Facebook. I would get into discussions I never intended to be a part of, much less create.
This blogs purpose is to honor God first and foremost, and to encourage other mothers and highlight all aspects of parenting as we journey through them.
So as I struggle to articulate without the political soapbox, my hope for this post is that we would be reminded just how unique and incredibly made we all are.
I want you to come with me on a journey right now. I think all of us need an occasional glimpse inside of the human womb. We need to be reminded of how miraculous and to be treasured all of human life is. Especially life inside of the womb.
The lottery of conception is what begins a new human life. Typically, 300 million sperm are released during sex into a woman's vagina. These 300 million single-celled organisms (roughly 1000 times smaller than a single grain of sand) quickly diminish in numbers as they begin what is an extremely precarious journey to the prize: the egg. They only move at 1/10th inch/minute with their single-tailed propulsion. Because a woman's vagina is filled with acid, nearly 99% of these sperm die almost immediately. For the one percent that remain, the journey becomes even more treacherous.
Only 10,000 or so make it into the hostile environment of the cervix. The rest die. Once in the cervix, only 3000 or so remain after completing the journey to the other side. When the 3000 reach the uterus, tens of millions of leukocytes begin to attack the remaining sperm. They attack and crush the weakest ones. And only a dozen sperm remain.
Nearly 18 hours have passed, and the twelve hopeful ones have reached the egg. They fight and fight to burrow their way through. Only one makes it and the egg immediately changes so as to repel the remaining sperm. Life is sparked into being with the union of the two one-celled organisms. Beating the odds of one trillion to one. The new life begins to divide rapidly and begins a new journey: the journey to implantation.
Implantation usually takes place about 8-10 days after fertilization. The burrowing of the baby into the mothers endometrium ensures further growth and ample blood supply.
It isn't until a few days to a week or so later, that women can even expect a positive pregnancy test. To know, quite simply, the amazing miracles that have been occurring in the woman's body prior to the knowledge of pregnancy, just leaves me breathless. The odds that have been overcome. The unique set of DNA that has never been before and never will be again. Simply, mind-boggling.
The knowledge of what happens in the first two weeks of pregnancy is enough for me to say "all human life is precious....all human life should be protected from beginning (conception/fertilization) to natural end (death by natural causes).
The taking of any and all life is the definition of murder. Something cannot be dead and alive at the same time. Something dead cannot suddenly become life and have value after it's birth. At the same time, something that grows and changes cannot be classified as non-living.
At just 21 days past conception, the baby's heart begins to beat. Brain waves can be detected by an EEG machine at day forty. And usually by the time the mother is made aware of the life she is carrying, the child has every body part it needs to eventually survive outside of the womb.
One of my dear sisters in Christ, a fellow mother of her own six precious children sent me one of the shirts she makes. I absolutely am in love with it because it speaks more truth than any other "Pro-Life" shirt I've ever bought, and it declares the Gospel of Christ in a very simple, but powerful way.
I also love the way she packaged it, by the way.
I want to encourage all of you to really consider how amazing and complex and incredible human life is. The womb is a secret place that science now knows so much about. They cannot deny that the instant sperm and egg unite, that there is life. It's how you got here, how I got here, what made us all mothers, and how the entire human race is saved.
Imagine if Christ had not humbled himself to be a part of the most unusual, unplanned pregnancy ever. We would have no hope for the next moment of our own lives.
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As mothers, let's stand for life from conception to natural death, because we know and understand just how amazing it is to be a vessel for life.