A few weeks ago, I attended my beautiful shower. My sisters worked tirelessly, planning and executing the perfect shower. Everyday, I thank God for the people He has chosen to be part of my journey. I learnt that this shower was in the planning stage many moons ago, however the exact details were omitted! I liked that, I do like a good surprise.
On the day, I was consumed with excitement. The hubby took me to this unknown location, then I learnt that things were not going as planned; they were running late. Upon learning about this, I asked my helper (The Holy Spirit) to give me the patience to avoid any assumptions, I felt disappointment kicking in. Lateness is one of my pet peeves, the enemy knew this! There was no way he was going to ruin this day.
When it was time for all to be revealed, I was overwhelmed! The sight of friends and family filled my heart with great joy.
My Before Christ (BC) Life
As I reflected on this day, I realised how much the Holy Spirit had transformed me. In my BC life, I would have entered that room with my face turned upside down. “What time do you call this?” would have been my introduction. I later learnt how difficult the day had been for my sisters, it could not be “perfect”. I thanked God that I did not judge the situation based on the outward presentation.
Isn’t this how life is though? Does everything go as planned? Can anything be perfect? Only God is perfect, therefore how could I have expected for the shower to be perfect, when we are imperfect people.
As I looked around the room, I saw no flaws with the décor. In my BC life, my attention to detail would have led to a feeling of discontent. Then I looked at myself and saw God’s power to humble the proud.
In my BC life, I would have sat at that head table with my invisible crown, waiting to be approached and waited on. On that day, I saw the wonderful works of God within me and in those around me.
As I scanned the room, I was in awe of God. I saw His provisions; friends brought not only material gifts, but gifts of joy and laughter. Each person had something to offer. As the week continued, family and friends sent gifts and shared messages of wisdom. God had used this pregnancy for me to share this with you.
In my BC life, I worried about starting a family because of financial pressures or lack of family support in the UK. Where will I get this from? How will I be able to afford this? In these past few weeks, God showed me that every child comes with his or her Godly provision. It reminded me of the story of baby Jesus and baby Moses.
Jesus was born in a manger, to a poor family. However, on the night of his birth, God sent wise men with gold, myrrh and Frankincense to him. God had provided for him even before he was born.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2: 11
Baby Moses was born in the harshest of circumstances, yet God packaged him in a basket and sent him to the daughter of Pharaoh. Whilst all the baby boys were being murdered, God gave him life. He provided for him before he was born.
And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son; and she named him Moses, for she said, “Because I drew him out of the water. Exodus 2:5–10 NIV
Be fruitful and multiply
God commands us to be fruitful and multiply, but the pressures of this world can stop us from obeying the word of God. It stops us from seeing the provisions of God. The world has made what was meant to be a simple life, more complex. As I write this post, I think of the women who are hoping and praying to carry children of their own; who do not have the option of choosing which year is likely to be the best year for baby making. God knows the plans He has for you. You are not forgotten.
I have left the world behind, because my desires of the world led not only to suffering, but it stifled my happiness. I never took the time to enjoy the little things. I always wanted more.
Today, I use the story of Jesus and Moses, as a reminder of God’s provision. I look at the many ways provision comes, not only in material ways, but in other subtle ways.
God and his clever ways
Perhaps provision comes through a neighbour you can call if you are running late or a friend who just happens to be a child minder.
Perhaps through a nursery which just happens to be a block away from your hubby’s place of work. It could be through a best friend who just happens to be a children’s nurse.
Interestingly, it could be through positioning; sisters who happen to live less than ten miles from your home or friends who are mothers.
Perhaps, it’s through a manager who have had your back from the moment she learnt you were pregnant.
Perhaps, it’s through a work colleague who just turns up with six bags of second hand clothing for our baby (mouth drops). “I told my wife you were having a girl, take these, it will save you from buying a dress for £10” he said.
God has a sense of humour. He heard me saying there was no way our baby will be wearing hand me downs! I think He was like, “Ok my gal, let me show you how much you have changed.” I laughed and thanked Him for this unexpected gift. Have you got a one year old who needs some winter coats? Send me a message, your gal has baby clothes for every season.
Do you think these things just happen? That’s provision! That’s the wonderful works of God.
I worry not about my circumstances anymore, it’s my job to trust and believe that God will never leave nor forsake me as he promised. The most important thing one can do, is to focus on Jesus throughout this life and everything else will fall into place.
The moment we focus solely on Jesus and live by his word, EVERYTHING else will be given unto us. Things that we don’t even ask for will appear from unexpected people. I have witnessed the goodness of God throughout this pregnancy.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6: 33 KJV
Perhaps, you are hoping to start a family or extending your family. Speak to God about it.
Perhaps, you are worried that you may not be able to financially provide for your family. Think of the provision he made for Jesus, who was born in a manger and the unexpected gifts he received. More importantly, if God provides for the bees and the birds, won’t he provide for you?
“So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’ (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. Matthew 6:31-33 GNB
God also wishes for us to use wisdom as well. What can we do about our finances now in preparation for the baby to come? What bills can we get rid of or debts which can be paid off? How much can we save towards this?
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
Be fruitful and multiply if this is God’s will for you. The world needs people who can bring hope and joy to others. The world needs world changers; persons who love all people and love God. The world needs new disciples each day. Go forth and multiply, for God has made us rulers over the bees and the birds. Let them not outnumber us.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Genesis 1: 28
May God bless you today and always,