Reading: Psalm 139
Today a friend of mine is waiting expectantly to meet her first born child. Throughout the day, I have stopped often to pray for her and her little one on this special day. As I fequently checked for updates on Facebook to keep informed of my friend's progress, I began to recall when I met each my own children.
It amazes me that my three children, as different as they are from one another, are each part of me and my husband. Truly, God imagined each of them and gave my children special gifts and talents to further His kingdom. And their unique personalities were presented even as God knit them together.
Jack, our oldest and only son, is somewhat reserved. Though he has a wonderful sense of humor and a heart full of compassion, Jack is a bit shy when you first meet him. Change is hard for him and Jack cannot be rushed. His delivery was much the same. For over two hours, I pushed to bring Jack into the world. Clearly, he was in no big hurry to embrace the change before him and our son arrived in his own good time.
Lily, our middle child, is fun-loving and poised. She loves clothes, shoes, and I am pretty sure she bleeds pink glitter. And she has been charming the socks off people since she was lying in the nursery. Even, our obstitrician, better known as Dr Grumpy, couldn't resist Lily's sweet ways. "How long has he been your doctor?" a nurse asked me puzzled. "I have never seen him visit a baby in the nursery, let alone smile." Lily has been spreading her special rays of sunshine ever since.
Our youngest, Sofie, is a complex mix of sweetness and independence. Athletic and active, Sofie does not stop moving until she unwillingly collapses in her bed at night. Her quick delivery says it all when it comes to our Sofie. It took no more than 3 hours for Sofie to make her way into the world. In fact, she came so fast, I almost didn't have time to get an epidural. That's our Sofie in a nutshell. She is fast. She is strong. And she is a force with which to be reckoned.
Three precious blessings from Heaven. Each of them "fearfully and wonderfully made". (Psalm 139: 14 NIV) And while the Lord has made plans for all of their days, I pray they will have eyes to see His love in their lives. I pray my children will embrace life and run after God. I pray they will seek His truth and believe His promises. I pray each of them will be led in the way that is everlasting. From their first day on Earth until the day they meet our Savior face to face, may they know they are His creation.