God speaks to me in the times when my heart beats the loudest, when I’m running. Its not even quiet, there’s almost always music playing.
Today I was praying for one of my old students, he’s in high school and his girlfriend just had a baby (she’s also in high school). Allow me to be transparent for a moment, will you (but for the record, I don’t need your permission). I am sad. I know how hard it is to be a young parent, I was a single mom with a lot a lot of help. However, that doesn’t make it easy, it just makes it a little easier. But that baby is an unexpected blessing. Kind of like Publisher’s Clearing House time a GAZILLION!
My daughter was an unexpected blessing. Unexpected blessings even happen to married people who were ‘done having children’ or ‘waiting for the right time’. They are something that we didn’t even know we wanted until we got it!
No child is unplanned. They may be unplanned to you or me, but they were not unplanned by God, He knew everything about them. He knew that they were destined for greatness. And that’s how we should treat each blessing, expected or unexpected.
Children deserve to be treated from the beginning as if they were destined for greatness, because they are. They deserve to be loved. I was thinking about how hard things have often been in our lives, but the story of God is woven tightly in our lives. He never left us. In the hospital bed He held us as I was crying, He has celebrated and laughed with us in times of greatness.
You see, I look at my daughter, and I think she is the best earthly blessing I could ever have. She is destined for greatness.
Jer 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."