Great With Child

5 weeks and counting…

As the countdown to Christmas rolls on, so does our own little countdown to Baby Williams’ arrival–5 weeks to go–yikes! 

Lately, he has become SO active.  I mean, the child hasn’t even entered the world yet and has decided that sleeping is not for him.  Who has time to sleep, when you can swim inside a belly all day and night?!  I’m telling you, his movements are non-stop. 

As his mother, I delight in each movement, but I’m also getting anxious as to what’s in store for us when he makes his big debut into the world.  Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up!

Each time I feel him, I think about what it says about his personality.  How even now he is being shaped and formed for a purpose–will he be a soccer player like David Beckham?  a swimmer like Michael Phelps?  a future politician?  the husband of Will and Kate’s baby princess (if it’s a girl)?  Yes, I have BIG dreams for my baby!

And this month, I’ve paused to think back to Mary and wonder what she must have thought as she felt kicks and moves throughout the 9 months she was carrying Jesus.

Clearly, she was well aware that her pregnancy was blessed, divine, and incredibly holy, but did she have any idea what she was in store for her as she prepared to birth the Savior of the world?!

Did she know that her little baby would grow up to heal the sick, raise the dead, feed thousands, walk on water, and calm the storms?!  She might have known something was special, but do you think she had any idea of the power and divine authority that was growing inside of her!?  Or that God was using her as a vessel to give the world the greatest gift we could ever receive?

I don’t know how you prepare yourself to mother such a child, but somehow, Mary makes it work.  She believes what God tells her, submits to His will, praises Him for all He has done, and even in the midst of the commotion, she takes time to ponder.

“You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Luke 1:31-33