Psalm 127:3 NLT
Children are a gift from the LORD;
they are a reward from him.
Royal Baby Watch
For the entire month of July the globe has been on royal baby watch. At any given moment Prince William and his wife, Catherine were due to give birth to the future heir to the throne. On Monday, July 22, 2013 the world finally received the royal announcement, “It’s a BOY, born at 4:24pm!” A future king now third in line for the throne in England is here. The opinions of the general public are that some are excited about the arrival of the royal baby boy and others could care less of what’s happening in royal news.
This reflects the thoughts of some when it comes to our own children. Some of us a pregnancy announcement is an answered prayer and for some it becomes a prayer request. Some the pregnancy was right on time and for others it was unexpected and not welcomed. For some you may have days where children are a blessing and for others you may have days you wish you could press “return to sender.” Whatever the emotions are of the parent the reality is the baby is here.
Psalm 127:3 reminds us that “Children are a gift from the Lord and they are a reward from him.” Elohim, God our creator made all things in His image and in His likeness (Genesis 1:27) and every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17). When we look at our children or when we wait in anticipation for the arrival of a child we should do so with joy and gratitude.
As adults we were all once little babies and babies-to-be being formed in our mother’s womb. Before we were formed in our mother’s womb God knew us (Jeremiah 1:5) and likewise God knows our children. God knows the plans he has for all of us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans for a future and of hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) As parents when we receive the news of a pregnancy we have no idea the future of the embryo growing, but God does. We and our children are royalty according to Romans 8:17, so in a sense we are all on a royal baby watch. We wonder what our little person will look like, what their personality type will be, and what their future will consist of. We watch and wait for their arrival and we watch as they grow into toddlers, children, teenagers, and adults. We watch as God’s plan unfolds.
When Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was a little girl she did not grow up as royalty. She probably never dreamed or imagined she would one day give birth to a future King. Likewise we have no idea the future of the children we birth and are raising. We may have future leaders under our roofs, future law makers, future entrepreneurs, future world changers, future ministers of the gospel, future educators, or future health professionals, and the list could go on. Only God knows what the future holds for our children.
When God announced to Mary that she would be impregnated by the Holy Spirit she had no idea what she would have to go through as a mother as she prepared to give birth to a world changer and redeemer of all of our sins. However, God knew she could handle the challenges that were coming her way as the mother of the Messiah. The reward Psalm 127:3 speaks of is God’s grace that he gives us each day to be nurturing parents to our children training them up in the way they should go and encouraging them to be all that God predestined them to be. For parents the way may not be easy, but God gives us grace and promises to give us the provisions we need to raise our little people. Those provisions may include peace, wisdom, knowledge, guidance, friends to lean on, finances, whatever you need God will provide. The next time you look at your ultrasound photo of your unborn child, stare into the eyes of your newborn, or just observe the toddler, young child, or teenager remember that you are on a royal baby watch too.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of children. For those of us that are parents we continue to lean and rely on you to give us all that we need on our personal royal baby watches. Help us to be nurturing and supporting parents and to be receptive to the blessings you have entrusted us to raise. For those individuals that desire to be parents, show them how they can be a light into a child’s life. In all cases give us the wisdom, the provision, and the strength we need to train children up in the way they should go and trusting that your perfect will is being accomplished in their lives. In Jesus name. Amen