Though the apples are worm-eaten
and the wheat fields stunted,
Though the sheep pens are sheepless
and the cattle barns empty,
I’m singing joyful praise to God.
I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God.
Counting on God’s Rule to prevail,
I take heart and gain strength.
This passage comes from Habakkuk, a short book buried near the end of the old testament. It gives a ‘fly on the wall’ view into a unique conversation with God. I tend to sum it up as:
Habakkuk complains to God.
God: Shut up and trust me.
Habakkuk complains a second time to God.
God: Shut up and trust me.
Habakkuk: Ok God, I trust you.
Words can’t express the sea of pain, anger, and loneliness I felt during the months following the ‘Great Sadness’. But sometimes in the most painful moments of life we see God in a completely new way.
This verse was one of many that jumped off of the page during this time of my life. In my darkest, ugliest, most miserable moments…God is still seated in heaven…in total control. This was comforting to some degree but still didn’t fill the void I felt. Then I got a gift from a friend.
– Kia –
After meeting Kia for the first time I stood in awe of finding another girl like me. We were introduced by a joint mentor couple and were amazed that we had similar upbringings, both played sports and married athletes, and both shared the same common interests.
We became pregnant around the same time and shared many conversations, lunches, and Facebook chats about the future of our kids. “Would they date?…How often would we play together?…What if they were born on the same day?”. You can imagine how rough things became once we lost Sydney. Although it was nothing personal, I found it impossible to be around her. It served as a stark reminder of the joy and expectancy I could no longer feel.
One day I finally mustered up the courage to chat with Kia online. I knew that I needed to apologize for completely cutting her off; after all, she wasn’t the cause of my misfortune. We exchanged a few pleasantries and caught up on each other’s lives. Her delivery had gone well and she was a full bloom mom…poopy diapers, sippy cups, baby weight and all. I felt the flood of emotions creeping up while we were chatting but managed to keep things together long enough to have a decent conversation.
She asked if I had heard of the book Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize. I hadn’t, so she continued to share about how it helped her with feelings of doubt and worry during her pregnancy. I checked out the reviews online and didn’t quite know what to think. Painless pregnancy? Praying for your kid’s hair color? At first look, it seemed out there. But I was willing to give it a try if it had worked for Kia.
The following Sunday Kia and I met up after the 9 AM service. We exchanged hugs, and to my surprise, she handed me a new copy of the book.
…I was on my way to figuring out this painless birth business…
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Thank you again…to God be the glory~