It was the week of April 30, 1965 when Life Magazine first featured the amazing full-color images of a developing fetus inside its mother’s womb. What an amazing feat that was for Swedish photographer Lennart Nilsson, who worked 7 years on the project.
While most of the photos were taken of fetuses which had been surgically removed for medical reasons, the article featured one amazing photo taken with a tiny, specially-built camera with a wide-angle lens from one inch away inside the womb. Absolutely amazing! Click here to see the original magazine spread.
Looking at those photos today, I still feel the same sense of awe that I felt the first time I found that cover story in a stack of old Life Magazines in my parents’ basement. I sat there for hours looking at the pictures, in awe of God’s creation. We are so fearfully and wonderfully made!
Since Nilsson’s famous photo spread, technology has advanced to the point where we can google the word fetus or embryo and see thousands of images, both live and computer-generated of unborn babies in all stages of delivery. There is even an app for pregnant moms to show what their unborn baby looks like each day of its development on their blogs.
But even though scientists and medical professionals have made great strides in understanding fetal development, no one understands yet exactly what makes that little infant live – that first spark that jump-starts its tiny heart. But God does. As our creator, he knows and understands the intricacies of human life and development. He is the spark that quickens the heart of an infant in utero and causes all its little organs and circulation systems to start functioning even before birth.
Lord, I stand in awe of the miracle that is life and in awe of the God who created it. Since you made me and know me, I can trust you with my life. Amen.