What do a baseball and a pound of butter have in common? They both weigh one pound.
Now, consider a baby weighing a little more than one pound. Slightly big enough to fit in a man’s hand.
Miracle Micro-Preemie Born
Micro-preemie Emma Ryan weighed one pound two ounces when she was born at 27 weeks gestation. She was only a little over ten inches long. Her mother called it a true miracle.
Why a Miracle?
Full-Term birth is 39-40 weeks gestation according to the American College of Obstetricians. Early birth is considered 37-38 weeks, or between the eighth and ninth month. The baby completes full development in the last four to five weeks in the womb.
The Baby’s Growth in Weeks 35-40
Between weeks 35-40 in the third trimester – the baby’s lungs finish developing. Eyes open and close and respond to light; toenails start to grow. The baby can be about the weight of 3-4 lbs. sugar. In week 33, they can swallow, yawn and begins to practice breathing. The baby’s brain controls the body temperature. By week 35, the skin is no longer translucent, more fat cells have formed to keep the baby warm outside the womb. They may now weigh as much as 5 lbs. of potatoes. In week 36, the baby develops sleep patterns and fingernails reach the ends of the fingers. Bones and muscles are ready for the outside by week 37. The lungs are ready to breathe and cry by week 39. The baby’s brain signals it’s time to start moving into the birth canal – ready to meet the world! See a step-by-step growth chart here.
Six or seven months into the pregnancy, babies are perfectly formed and have the necessary means of survival. Baby Emma and many other preemies have proved it so. They yawn, suck their thumb, smile, play with their feet, and much more – proven by 3D imagery.
God Knows Each One
When two lives joined together to create a new little being, any birth is a wonderful miracle from God. He declares He knows us even before we were conceived and as we’re being formed in the womb. God knows every thought and every anxious moment. He sees when you rise and when you rest. God cares about every moment of your life from the moment you’re conceived until the day you die.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I
praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13-17 NIV)
Don’t Worry About the Future
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV)
As we head into this New Year, why worry? God sees where you are, and HE CARES about you. When you place yourself God’s hands, He takes care of the rest. He gives an unexplainable peace in your heart and rest for your soul. You only need to ask.