I have a bit of a dilemma – not a life or death one – more of a ‘is it boy or is it a girl one’. You see we are expecting our first baby in March and amongst all the excitement there is one question that keeps rearing its head. ‘Do you know if it is a boy or a girl yet?’ On this one I’m kind of stuck between two cultures – my South African friends all expect me to find out and tell the world before the birth. My Northern Irish friends all seem to favour the wait for the surprise approach. I haven’t decided yet which way I am leaning – hubby doesn’t seem to mind either way. I still have a couple of weeks yet before the next scan to decide, and who knows maybe baby will be modest and not let us know?
What are the benefits of knowing – it helps in picking names, in buying the appropriate coloured clothing. In not knowing the major benefit seems to be the fun of the surprise. Sometimes knowing feels like a good thing and other times having a bit of mystery seems more fun. I really don’t know which way I will jump but what I know for sure is that this baby is being hand-knit and woven together and is known by God.
Psalms 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 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, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
This time of waiting is both exciting and frankly a bit scary – so many things to think about, so many uncertainties. But thankfully none of this is a surprise to God, He already has the life of this little one mapped out and ordained. So all I can do is wait and trust Him for what lies ahead and ask Him to help us be good parents to whomever He has planned for us. I know that He is trustworthy and has good plans for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Sometimes it is not what you know by Who you know!