by Cindy Mapes
I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)
Any expectant mother often wonders will I give birth to a baby girl or boy? Will my child look like me with green eyes or brown eyes?
When I had Kendyl 20 years ago and then Parker 2 ½ years later, I remember one thing. They were healthy. Some parents want to know the gender before birth and some people like to be surprised. Either way, most parents are delighted that God has blessed them with a child to name their own.
I believe the birth of a baby is a true miracle and that a baby is a gift from God. Parents have dreams of watching the child, when they lay the newborn in the arms of parents, do they look into their eyes and see the future? Do the parents see the path the child will take? Like Eric and myself, we were thrilled to be parents and felt blessed knowing that we would be responsible for raising this child to maturity. It was our job to teach and nurture, love and comfort, set good examples and teach right from wrong. But in Jer 1:5, we are told something different.
Unlike young parents, God had a different thought. “I knew you before you were formed.” His plan was so detailed he knew every infant before it was even created. He knew the gender. He had plans. He set us apart. Chosen. This was His plan. He knows our future before it happens.
In Isaiah 43:1 He says “…I have called you by your name, you are mine”
To me, this means that my children are God’s children, and they are a gift to me. What could be more precious?