21 Apr What I didn’t know when I was “expecting”. – Kitty Holt
What I didn’t know when I was expecting
When I was pregnant with my children, I read a number of books and articles about pregnancy and what to expect, joined online groups with fellow expecting moms, and asked lots of questions of seasoned moms.
A few years after my third child was born, I became a committed follower of Christ. Prior to that, while I had always believed in God, I didn’t really think much about Him. Thus, although I was filled with knowledge during my pregnancies, what I really wish I had back then was this wisdom:
God created each person. Each person was knit together by God (Psalm 139:13), and each is fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14). We are not accidents; we did not get here by “random chance,” and we did not start as “blobs of tissue.” We are each human beings from the moment of conception, individually created by an amazing God.
We are not only God’s “workmanship,” but He also created us to do good works, and He prepared these before our birth. (Ephesians 2:10) To think that the God of the entire universe cares so much about us that he has carefully considered what He would like us each to do – and that He considers us his “workmanship.” I encourage you to ponder that for a while.
God knows everything about us. God cares so much for us He even knows how many hairs are on our head (Matthew 10:30). And He has known everything about us from eternity past.
Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). They are not a curse or a problem, no matter how they are conceived or the circumstances of those carrying them. They are a precious, precious gift. If you are reading this and you have ended a pregnancy because you felt it was going to be too much of a burden, or you were led to believe this was not a child but instead was a “blob of tissue,” know that you can find forgiveness through Jesus Christ. I encourage you to run into His arms.
God’s love is immeasurable. As a new mom, I was head over heels in love with each of my children, and knew I would give my life for them if needed. As much as we love our children, God loves us (and them) so much more than that. And, if we are willing to accept His gift, He did give His very life for us, in the form of His Son, Jesus, and we will never, ever be separated from His love (Romans 8:38-39).
God considers me his child. When one begins to follow Jesus Christ, they are considered adopted into God’s family, becoming a child of God (Romans 8:14-15), and a brother or sister to all other believers. When my earthly father died, I took much comfort in knowing that I have an everlasting heavenly Father who will never leave me.
I am thankful for such an amazing, loving, and caring Father, and pray that you, too, know the joy of being His child.