We are on a countdown – six weeks left if baby follows the doctor’s text book. Some days I am excited, others nervous & others a bit fearful. What will she be like? Will she look more like me than her Dad? Will she pick up my good habits or my bad habits? Whose temperament will she have – will she be talkative like me or thoughtful like her Dad? Will she be a contented baby? According to science she won’t get my blue eyes but curls are very likely. At the top is a photo of my mum & I 35 years ago – many people have mistaken it for me and a baby – we are enough a like that some people get sad me because I remind them so much of mum. My prayer for our baby though is not that she would take after her Mum or her Dad but that each of us would take after Jesus instead:
2 Corinthians 3:18 All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him. (The Message)
The future is both exciting and unknown. What will her life be like – I know we won’t be able to shield her from every hard time, but what lies in store for her? I’m sure I will do my best to protect her from all life’s faults and for a long time I’m sure she will think her Dad hangs the sun out for her every day. Yet the best gift we can give her is to know that know that all things are in the hands of the One who made her:
Colossians 1:15-17 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. 16 For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels–everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. 17 He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. (The Message)
What will she be like – well we’ll just have to wait and see. What we do know for sure is that she will be well loved, not just by her family but more importantly by the One who made her.