Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things. Ecc. 11:5
Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?”
When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked.
“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”
Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate.
His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the child was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the child is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.”
David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”
Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of the Lord”), as the Lord had commanded.
My journey continues. Many of you followed my steps through my pregnancy, birth and loss of my sixth child, Azaiah Stone. He was most certainly a gift from God. In his time with us and apart from us, he has been an instrument to transform our hearts. He hasn’t stopped there. His life and legacy have transformed the hearts of near strangers, turning them to Jesus.
Through many tears, I have watched the Lord. I stand in awe of him and I am amazed.
In the gripping moments of our grief and our pain, the Lord has continued to wash us with his mercy. For centuries, the Lord has given children as a testimony to his presence and provision. From Abraham and Sarah to David and Bathsheba. God says, “I AM!” through the seed of life planted within a womb.
- I AM the God over your circumstances.
- I AM the God over your pain.
- I AM the God of great promises.
- I AM the God over the grave.
Last week my husband and I found out that God has yet again placed life inside my womb. This seventh child is due on our precious Azaiah’s birthday.
Does God work in the lives of his people? Undoubtedly YES!
For when they see their many children
and all the blessings I have given them,
they will recognize the holiness of the Holy One of Israel.
They will stand in awe of the God of Jacob. Is. 29:23