Baby on the way…

Sometimes life hits you with surprises.
And while my surprise isn’t the first thing that typically comes to mind when you hear the words ‘baby on the way,’ it’s exciting and scary all the same.
Don’t worry, you didn’t miss any big life changes recently – no guy, no pregnancy – just an unknown road ahead as my roommate and I enter a whole new world in becoming an emergency foster care home.

Let’s back-track though for a moment to how this journey began… this round starts with Isaiah 58. If you haven’t recently, maybe take a minute to read through the chapter. It starts out with a cry against God’s people as they claim to draw near to Him while pursuing their own desires and oppressing those the LORD called them to protect.

“…they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God…”  

Somehow each time I’d read this before, I had rested on the other side of the passage – the side with light breaking forth and healing quickly appearing (check out verse 8). But this time rather than finding comfort in the familiar words, I stood face to face with a fear that I was missing out on all that truly matters.  It was almost as if the Lord was saying to me, “Wake up! There is so much more than this!”

I have often thought about what it might be like to stand on the other side of eternity looking back at this life.  What will I wish I had spent my time, my money, my life on? And what will I wish I had just let go?
But then it went a touch further as I tried to imagine what it would be like to one day stand before the throne of Almighty God with no justification for why I had not obeyed.

“Is not this the fast that I choose:  to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke… Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house;  when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”

 

Sometimes I think we wait for burning-bush-moments, a voice thundering from on high instructing us in a divine plan for our lives. Somehow we miss that the divine plan has been literally written out before us, that the commands given throughout the entire Bible to the people of God are the grand adventure we are intended to take hold of.  Sometimes I even wonder if having my very name written in before those commands would be enough to catch my attention, or if I would ignore it just the same with excuses of timing or inconvenience or fear or difficulty…

 

There are so many areas where I could have jumped in; a hundred different commands that we the Church are designed to fulfill, and a few of them written specifically on my heart.  To “look after orphans and widows in their distress” was one.

Alright, next step:  See if my roommate just might possibly be okay with me checking out short term, emergency foster care.

The long story short is that the Lord had been doing a very similar thing in her life, with the very same heart to foster, that very same week through another passage in Isaiah.
Go figure.

So… in just a few short weeks there will be a baby in our home.
I don’t know what his or her name will be.  I don’t know their background or even how long we’ll get to hold them in our arms and have them in our home. I don’t know exactly what my day to day will look with a baby and work and life in general.  In fact, if there’s anything we’ve learned throughout this entire process thus far, it’s that nothing is certainBut the truth is that especially in light of all that uncertainty, we simply can’t not give everything we are to love a broken and aching world.

 

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom shall be as the noonday.”

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~ by eileendekker on October 9, 2017.

One Response to “Baby on the way…”

  1. […] been a little while since I left you with ‘A Baby on the Way’.  And as is often the case as we walk down the road of life, the way has looked vastly different […]

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