Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Unknown

What we will be has not yet been made known.
But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, 
for we shall see Him as He is.  1 John 3:2

Being pregnant is so very exciting.  You have this little person growing inside of you, moving and stretching.  Other than a couple ultrasounds, you have no idea what your baby looks like.  Sometimes it seems like torture, waiting those long 9 months to see your new baby.  You wonder who she'll look like--will she have your eyes, or your husband's nose?  Will she favor your side of the family?  What color hair and eyes will she have?

Then the baby is born, and you meet for the first time.  It's amazing, right after the birth, to lay and admire your new baby.  Finding out, finally, what she looks like.  Sometimes it seems that you can't take your eyes off of that precious new baby!

But the adventure has just begun. The years ahead will be full of new questions--what will her personality be like?  What will her favorite things be?  Will she have a good sense of humor?  Will she like to play with babies, or will she be into sports?  So many questions, and so many years to see who your child will be like.

Our Heavenly Father, though, KNOWS who we are going to be.  He has a plan for us, has had a plan for us since the beginning of time.  He knows what your child is going to be when they grow up.  He knows where our careers are going to take us.  He KNOWS.  What's frustrating for us, though, is that we don't know!  It's important for us to remember what today's Bible verse tells us, though:  "But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."  What a comfort and joy that is in our daily lives, with all the unknowns we experience.  One day, when Jesus comes again, we KNOW that we shall be like Him!

Come, Lord Jesus.

We pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, it is so exciting to be a parent.  It's wonderful to watch our children grow and learn, and to see them turn into wonderful people.  Help us not to worry about the future, and about knowing what our children--or even ourselves--will be.  Give us peace in knowing that someday, when you return, we shall be like you.  In Your name we pray, Amen.

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