Thursday, December 07, 2006

Happy Birthday Coleman

Two years ago I sat on the edge of my bed waiting for my husband to finish his shower. My bag was packed and I was ready to head out for the hospital. I opened my bible to where I had been studying and began reading Isaiah 49:1-2:

Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my birth he has made mention of my name.
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
and concealed me in his quiver.

The words in Isaiah 49, "Before I was born the Lord called me," resonated in my heart and mind. I had been praying scripture over my baby throughout my pregnancy but God led me to a verse that was imensely personal. And remember my prayer before the birth of my fourth child, "thank you Lord for my quiver is full"; the words "in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver". I suddenly realized that this one was hidden in God's quiver. God had hid this one. All of my insignificant worries and preconceived notions suddenly washed away like running water.

I began to weep at God's soverign grace in my life. I went to the hospital that morning with new strength. I quietly wept before the Lord for my doubt, worry, and fear. The verse in Isaiah 55 which says, For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. kept playing over and over in my mind.

Coleman arrived two years ago today at 8:02am. He weighed 7lbs 15oz. and was perfectly healthy. Everything went well and I was home in a few days. God has taught me so much through this little child. Coleman has brought us so much joy! They all do! Yes, somedays I feel like I am living in two different worlds with a teenager down to a toddler, but I thank God for ignoring my prayers and directing my life according to His plans.


Kim said...

What a beautiful post about God's goodness and sovereignty!

Off topic from this post,but I had to tell you...I went to my ladies Bible Study last night as we finished our study of Job and they announced the book for our next study! Guess what it is? *The Pursuit of Godliness* by Jerry,I will be reading it really soon! I thought that was funny!

Kim said...

And...what a precious baby boy! Happy Birthday,Coleman! He looks like a lot of fun! Our little Jack Henry will be 2 in March. So fun!

Karen said...

What a cutie. I love those curls.

That verse is so powerful! I would have cried for days. We also have teenagers down to toddlers and it makes life so interesting! It's good for the older ones and the littles love them so much.

Happy Birthday Coleman!

Heth said...

Oh that picture of the two of you is just precious. It should be framed and hanging up.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Coleman!
We miss your family so much!
Are you coming home ( I mean back to California for Christmas)?
We would all love to see you guys!

theups said...

Happy birthday to your son!!! And PRAISES to the Lord for His wonderful ways!!!!

Mrs. U

palmtreefanatic said...

Happy Birthday Coleman!
What a beautiful child and cute adorable baby!!!

Mrs. Julie Fink said...

You are a blessed woman. My husband and I tried for 10 years for a third child and then unexpectedly (and unfortunately) I had to have major female surgery one year ago and now we will never have any more children. I know that God knows best, and my husband and I rest in that. Love, Julie

Anonymous said...

Oh, you have a knack for making me tear up! I've had a long day today with my 3 boys under 5 and hubby gone. But now, with the house quiet and I read your blog, I take a deep breath, shed a tear and remember the Words that the Lord gave me for each of my little men! Thanks!

Kelly said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful thoughts. The sovereignty of God is amazing and His desire to bless us in ways we cannot even imagine just blows me away!