I have a little one growing inside of me. This tiny child has yet to feel sunshine on her face, the wind on her cheeks, or grass between her toes. She has yet to hear a church singing a song, a pastor preaching from the Word, or a good friend giving a word of encouragement.
She has so many wonderful things to experience in this world, and so many sad things as well. She will have to watch as people speak out saying there is no God, she’ll see the results of terrorism, see people die in earthquakes and famines. She’ll see people living on the streets, homeless and out of work. And she’ll have to decide for herself how she’ll react.
My husband and I can do our best in rearing her up, but ultimately the choice will be hers. I hope that she’ll grow up with a heart of compassion and love for those in need. I want her to see both the beauty and heartache in this world, so that she can decide for herself how to react. Most of all, I pray that she one day finds herself on her knees, acknowledging that she needs a Savior more than anything.
Because I know that, even now, God has a wonderful life prepared for her. God’s Word says, “All the days ordained for [her] were written in [His] book before one of them came to be” (Psalm139:16 NIV). He knows the life that this little one will live. While this child’s life may be hard for me to picture, God knows every word she’ll ever speak and every experience she’ll ever have.
He knows how she’ll confront both the good and bad in this world, and ultimately how she’ll choose to live her life. My job, at this point and always, is to be on my knees, praying that that life is a good one.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
-Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
“Lord, thank You that each of us, big and small, is fearfully and wonderfully created for a specific purpose in this world…”
Megan K. Chaney