Friday, April 15, 2011

Fingerprint Friday: Blessed...

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of God

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? Click here to join!

"...The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD."  Job 1:21 NAS

Sitting in the doctors office we wait.  And wait.  And then through the speakers of a tiny handheld microphone we can hear it.  Beat, beat, beat.  150 of them, those precious beats.  150 beats per minuet.  And Sarah smiles and says "Dog!"  Because it does sound a little like a dog panting.

For fifteen weeks it has been growing, for fifteen weeks I have been praying.  This tiny blessing, this huge surprise.  A child within me that we didn't know we were ready for.  But God did.  And so he sent this baby.  Two actually, though one vanished back to Heaven in the early weeks.

And I hold my hands around my just swelling belly and pray... "Father please, please let this baby be healthy.  Please let this child grow, let it thrive..."  Because it's all Him, all His plan.  And if He wills it will be so.

Marie was born in a broken body but God's glory shone all over her.  Because she was broken people were healed and the miracle was seen, seen all over her because His fingerprints were all over her.

And it will be the same with this baby.  Whatever will be will be and God will give us what we need to make it through it.  Still I pray, please let this child be healthy...

And we are blessed.  By a baby coming after a storm.  Arriving at the end of the season when we sow wheat... a new season, new crop, new baby.  A baby coming in October.  And I see Luke's eyes twinkle, and I smile, and Josie sings happy, and Sarah has no idea what is about to happen to her.  And Marie... well she is with Jesus in Heaven and that is all that matters.

Because the Lord had given, and the Lord has taken away.  Things change but in the end it is God and God is love...  And blessed be the name of the Lord.



Clarissa said...

beautiful, Shan! how are you feeling? hope you are doing good! such a precious blessing... praying with you!

Elisa said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! That was beautifully written!! I will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby!! May god bless and keep you!!

2awesomekidz said...

Congrats! So very happy for you guys!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

Oh Shan, congratulations! I have to admit that I teared up reading that there were two babies and one went back to Heaven already. Marie will have a sibling to play with for all eternity!

I pray that you have an easy and healthy pregnancy!

The VW's said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I must tell you that I am not surprised, because a couple of days ago I thought about you, and then all of a sudden I had this feeling that you were expecting! I am SO happy for your family!

I am so sorry and saddened to hear that you lost one of the babies, but I love Sara's thoughts above, about how Marie has a sibling with her in heaven now!

I'll be thinking of you, and praying that all is well with the blessing that is growing inside of you! Hugs!!!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Oh my goodness!!! I'm in tears!


Sara said...

I don't even KNOW you and I am crying tears of joy.
What a wonderful gift...
and so beautifully written.
Congrats to all of you!

Michaelene said...

Oh joy! Congratulations to all of you! Prayers for a healthy pregnancy, and a very healthy bundle of love, my friend. I don't know that there is such happy news as a new baby!

Holly said...

Praise God for this gift!!!