Last week I went for a check up and got to see a glimpse of Baby Soko again. This is the third scan now and each time she is proving to be camera shy. For the ‘big scan’ at 20 weeks she wrapped herself in a ball and refused to budge – to the extent that nurse couldn’t find her arms. She tried to reassure me that there must be arms as she could find hands! When the doc came in to check the scan he also struggled and was about to send me for a walk to see if she would wake up and unravel, but thankfully at the last minute she stretched enough to be measured. It seems that my baby doctor doesn’t share the same softly softly approach as the doctor at the radiographer’s place.
At last week’s scan Baby Soko again was playing hard to get. Doc wanted to get a nice photo for us, but baby was covering her face with her hands. But instead of suggesting a gentle walk Doc just placed his on my tummy and shook it! On the screen baby woke up, moved her hands and doc managed to get a good shot before the hands went back to the place again. I guess the difference between the two docs is that the second one spends his time delivering so knows that they are not as breakable as you would think.
Our heavenly Father seems to have the same opinion as us – we are not a fragile and breakable as we think we are.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
We often think that God should protect us from having to go through hard times and from having to make hard decisions. When it comes to temptation God knows our limits and knows that we are not as breakable as we think. It would be lovely never to be tempted and therefore never have to make hard choices, but God knows us better than that – he knows we are more resilient than we feel we are.
One of my favourite verses that got me through many a hard time has been:
Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
God hasn’t created us to live in a protected bubble – temptations and hard times will come – but even though it feels like we are living through earthquakes God’s love for us remains unshaken.
Help me Lord to trust you in hard times, for you love me and know my limits of what I can bear better than I do.