April 4th 2017
It has been a month since Deslianne was born and the time has both flown by and crawled by! Caleb and I have been adjusting to parenting and, little by little, it has been getting easier.
We want to thank you so much for praying for a safe delivery–God granted your requests!
I want to tell you a little bit of what happened that night and something that God challenged Caleb and I with:
After Deslianne was born and everything was alright, our midwife told us that she needed to run, she was really sorry, but she got a call from an Amish family that lived an hour and a half drive away. The wife was in labor and was delivering a baby who was missing his 18th chromosome…which meant that this baby would be incompatible with life once born. We told our midwife that we totally understood and that she should go as soon as possible.
Our hearts broke. Here we were holding our precious new little baby, perfectly healthy and beautiful, and that same night another family was also going through what we just went through in labor and delivery but they were giving birth to a child who they would never get to know or enjoy watching him grow up. We were suddenly reminded again that we are living in a very desperate and broken world. And that reality stung more in this moment than it had in any other in my life.
Romans 22-25 “For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)”
I never understood the “groaning as in pains of childbirth” as much as I do now. There is NOTHING else that we were thinking about when I was in labor than the delivery of our baby. There was no room for any other thought. And it was exactly that one single thought, that we would soon be holding our baby in our arms, that motivated us to endure and press on. God uses that picture to describe how we believers and all of creation are groaning, realizing that something is totally wrong with this world, and that this is not the end–we are headed somewhere but we aren’t there yet.
So we are discontent, in a way, while we are living here, groaning with each other and with creation, eagerly awaiting our ultimate deliverance from sin and suffering and death. But it is so beautiful how God uses those very things which cause us to groan to keep pointing us, driving our minds, to remember where we are going and what we have coming! And it is because of that promise and coming reality that we are, in fact, able to be content, even though we groan. We can press on because we know the end of the story and we know who wins at the end of the day. We can rest confidently in that because He who promised is faithful and cannot lie.
This is why we are giving our lives to reaching a people group. They need to know the hope that we have too.
Even though we aren’t sure which tribe we will be a part of reaching specifically yet, we ask that you would be praying with us for them, that God would be preparing their hearts to hear the message of Hope, and that He would also be preparing our hearts to love and serve them well when we get there.
Thank you all so much!