Today’s guest blogger is Cheri from Creationscience4kids. Cheri and I started our blogs about the same time and we have worked with each other some since then. I link to and advertise her blog when I can, and she answers my creation science questions when I need answers for my Bible Lessons. If you haven’t read any of her articles yet, I highly recommend you camping out at her blog for a few minutes to see the awesome resources she has. And now on to her post…
Let’s boast in the Lord together!!
“Do you think I’m being cocky not being surprised by what God did, Dear?” I couldn’t help asking my husband.
Does God really want us to know Him in such a way that we aren’t surprised when He does certain things? Thrilled and awed, absolutely, but not surprised.
That’s how I felt one day this June. Here’s why:
In February, 2012, I finished the last assignment for a children’s writing course a couple days after having my first miscarriage. God had already blessed me with five healthy children (one thanks to modern medicine). I was OK emotionally, but there was suddenly a hole in my life. I was used to having to sneak in enough time for a shower. Now whole hours were empty.
Soon I could feel God pushing me to start writing kids’ science honoring the Creator. It was a scary thing to step into the bull’s eye of the God haters, but I turned that fear over to my Savior and got busy.
It’s been an exciting ride.
But the whole time there was that emptiness. God was blessing me with ministry I’d never dreamed of, but what I really wanted was a baby of my own to hold.
Then in January, 2013, I realized my goal of writing a book was going to happen sooner than I’d planned. My daughter’s friend badly needed a book to help her learn the truth about science and Jesus and there wasn’t one I could just hand her and say, “Enjoy, this will give you the answers you need.”
Hmm, I wondered. I bet this is what God’s been waiting for. I bet when this book is finished, He’ll give me a baby.
I worked as if there was a publisher’s deadline hanging over my head. In fact, I was only a couple weeks off from my first estimate sending the manuscript out for review (how I met qualified people to do this for free is another God thing).
Halfway through the writing, my doctor found I had a minor physical issue that could be messing with my fertility. At the end of April, while my book was being checked over, the problem was corrected.
Uh, huh, I thought. It sure looks like my hunch could be right.
As it turned out, I found out my baby was on its way within two weeks of submitting to a publisher, which brought me to my question. Was I being sacrilegious to say “I told you so” about God’s character? Here’s the answer my husband helped me with:
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. John 15:14-15
PS. This doesn’t mean everything in my life makes sense to me. Big pieces of our lives are in major upheaval. Only God knows what good He’s planning to bring out of them!
In God I Boast!
Cheri is a homeschooling blogger and hopeful book writer. The gift God has given her for His kingdom is to understand complex stuff (mostly) and share it with others using everyday words. She finds joy in sharing God’s wonders with all kinds of people and especially the next generation!
How has God offered His knowledge and friendship to you?