“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5a
The birth of our second granddaughter, Hailey has been scheduled for today. So far, Kate’s pregnancy has been completely normal, and I’m trusting that mother and baby will do just fine. I’m understandably excited, and part of that excitement is the anticipation of getting to know a whole new person…. someone who is part of me, and of my entire family. Will she be tall like her cousin, Katelyn? Will she have a dimple like her mother? Will she love to read, as I do, or will she prefer to play golf (like her dad)? Will she be a girly-girl or a tomboy? Will she grow up to be a teacher, or a writer, or a real estate agent? All these things are still mine to discover. Right now, Hailey is a blank slate to me, brand new to my world.
However, Hailey is not new to God. He knows her already, every speck of her, down to the smallest cell. Before Hailey existed God already had a plan for her. There are things she needs to do for Him, things that will affect not only her family, but the entire family of God. How awesome is that?
Sometimes, as parents (and grandparents) we forget that ultimately our child belongs to God. We think that we can shape our descendants and mold them into the people we hope they will be. Too often, it is our own image we want to see in them, not God’s. So my prayer for Hailey this morning is that she will just be Hailey … the Hailey God already created and already knows– the person who fits perfectly into His plans. That will be good enough for me.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well” Psalm 139:14
P.S. Will post a picture of the new arrival as soon as I get one.