Ezekiel 16: 4-6: On the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths. No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised. “‘Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, “Live!”
New beginnings are usually messy. None more so, perhaps, than that of a human life. Ezekiel reminds us that when a child is born the physical tie to its mother must be cut, it must be washed, and it must be dressed. Quickly after that it must be fed. Then it must be put down to rest. If none of these things are done for it then the child will die, within a few hours of being born. It is utterly helpless.
God uses the startling imagery of human birth to describe the creation of his chosen people. Each of us, born into his family, undergo separation, cleansing and dressing in robes of righteousness. As we journey through life, there are many new beginnings. Some are beautiful, but most are messy and accompanied by loss. Jesus Christ – the same yesterday, today and forever – is just as able to cleanse, heal and clothe, whether we are starting out in faith, at maturity, or reaching the end of this life.
May God help us through our new beginnings. May he also help us to grow, mature, flourish and, ultimately, show his glory in the world. See Ezekiel 16: 7-14.