We found out we were expecting our third child amidst a turbulent time. The same week I found out that I was pregnant, I found out two friends were pregnant and miscarrying their babies. They were about the same weeks as I was. We took a vacation as a family and I started studying the omnipresence of God. The book described God not as a giant with one foot here and another there. But in Ps. 139:7 it says ” Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” The word presence used there describes a presence that is face to face not a presence a long distance away. So all of God, His power, love, mercy, etc is with me face to face at all times. Nothing can escape His notice. So when I got back home and we went to our landlord’s funeral, as we walked through the cemetery with so many graves and graves of many children: God is with me! The fear of sorcery is all around us. People hide that they are pregnant, even Christians, just till they can’t any more because of the fear of what others might do to them through sorcery. They feel that even a hand shake with the wrong person can do something. Through even that fear: God is with me! There is no disease, sorcery, person, circumstance that can touch me nor my family, nor this baby without God’s knowledge, consent and face to face presence with me. So instead of walking into this pregnancy with hesitancy and fear, I can rejoice as I hear the baby’s heart beat and see the baby move on the ultrasound. And in the in between times: I can know that God is there, always there face to face with me to help, protect and be with me. Isn’t our God amazing!
Amen! I will be praying for you all throughout. Yes, praise God for always being present in everything and taking us through it all. 🙂
Karen Jansson says
Great picture! What fun! I didn’t realize until I looked carefully that Grace & I share a birthday — June 17 — with quite a few years in between 🙂 !