I am joyously awaiting the birth of both my second nephew and my best friends first baby. Everywhere I go, I am thinking of them; finding great deals on the clearance wrack, browsing the baby isles for stuff I know they will need. Coffee table bumpers for their early steps. Outlet covers because they don’t know their toy fire truck doesn’t go there. A gate for the kitchen because, although flour looks like snow … it is not. These precautions will likely never cross their mind, except for making them cry because they can’t have their way.
These precious babies have no idea about the preparations being made all around them, let alone any concept of the warm feeling I have as I anticipate their needs. They give no thought to the hours I have spent with their mom’s scanning items for a registry, painting the walls, and washing hand-me-downs. I have so much love and care for them already!
Pondering this, I became suddenly aware of what I don’t know about Gods preparations for me. About the place He has prepared for me in heaven, but also the care He has taken in my life now. He has already anticipated my financial needs and has a plan to care for them. He already knows the days I will need someplace to live (a constant reality in my life) and has a plan to never leave my side.
As I contemplated, Psalm 139 came into view.
13 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.
Reflect: I Invite you to take a moment and reflect on the preparations of the Lord that are outside your knowledge. Maybe some circumstances have quickly come to mind that bring up gratitude in your heart for the Lords provision, but perhaps it is a struggle to understand His care in the midst of circumstance. Either way, ask the Lord for a revelation of things that are outside what readily comes to mind. Dig deeper into something you need Jesus’ help to understand.
The Psalmist continues…
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Prayer: Like these babies growing in the safety of their mothers care giving no worries to how they will find that first gasp of air, or where the next will come from; Jesus help me to have a revelation of your planning and care for me and the way you have labored over my needs. Show me if there are any places in my life that I worry needlessly for things that are in your capable hands