The Beauty of Youth
"I made you thrive like a plant in the field; and you grew, matured, and became very beautiful. Your breasts were formed, your hair grew, but you were naked and bare" (Ezekiel 16:7).
It is awesome to observe the developmental stages of human life. From the spectacular penetration of one male spermatozoa into one waiting female ovum, we are conceived. Life begins in our mother’s cozy comfy womb and is nurtured by a father’s loving voice and protective hands.
About nine months later, we are pushed out from our secret swimmy dark place into the airy light of society, and are identified by our carefully crafted genitals as “male” or “female”. God’s breath fills our lungs, and we shout our newborn cry, “I am alive in His image!” (Genesis 1:26-27). Is this not a miracle? Can any man-made “gadget” create life in this manner?
Christian society embraces humanity’s uniqueness as expressed in Psalm 139:14: I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. When we perceive how the human body functions with its interconnected systems, each dependent on the others for full vitality; and how we are also triune beings with body, soul, and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23), can we truly grasp even a minute understanding of God’s omniscient handiwork?
Secular (non-Christian) society emphasizes the physical conditioning of life, oftentimes adding the psychological and emotional, while discarding the spiritual. Without a wholistic (body-soul-spirit) perspective of the life of a human being, it’s as if to see “in part”, but not the whole. A puzzle becomes complete when all its pieces fit perfectly together revealing the whole picture.
This series is going to take us on a journey through introspection (exploring within), retrospection (trekking into memories), and prospection (climbing up to revelation) until we meet at a point where we proclaim: “I am growing sexually mature.”
Sexually maturity, in this discussion, refers to how the body develops into a masterpiece for procreation, the psychological-emotional adaptations that are related to the development of that physical masterpiece, and how it all is synthesized by a spiritual component within social context.
In other words, we are going to take a look at how the mind adjusts to the changes in the body, and the effects of that mind-body communication in the presence of a spiritual element as we develop into sexual beings. We cannot ignore that the entire process of growing sexually mature occurs within the society (or culture) in which we interact with other people—the social context.
This is a discussion (not a dissertation of facts designed for argument) laid out naked and bare. And it’s intended to highlight and appreciate the beauty of youth. Please feel free to add your comments, with all due respect, as we grow up in knowledge, and grow up sexually.
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