Five Minute Friday: expect

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We’ve been “expecting” for six months now, a euphemism which I find doesn’t quite catch the truth of it.

Early in the pregnancy, if I’m honest, my expectations were different — my husband and I both acknowledge, now, that we didn’t expect to make it this far; we expected — for a myriad of reasons — to lose the baby.

A lot could happen in the next three months, and I cannot presume to know, but now I expect that in late August I’ll be holding a wiggling, crying little boy.

Even so, to say we’re “expecting a baby” is a misnomer. We don’t expect him. We have him — something like two pounds of him, every inch a baby right now. A baby whose kicks and tumbles we treasure. A baby to whom we already talk and sing. He isn’t born yet, but he’s not merely expected. He exists.

It’s easy to expect what looks like the worst from God — to expect that He’ll give the harder thing, say “no” to the dream, make us walk through pain. And often He does.

But we have His promise — the promise of the God who cannot lie — that He is doing the best things, even through the hard.

His promises are not just for some abstract future. We have them now. We who are in Christ do not just expect to receive eternal life one day, in Christ we already have it, as surely as I already have a son. Not fully enjoyed yet, but fully, completely ours.

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Linking up with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday — and taking longer than five minutes, there was a phone call in the middle — today to write on her prompt “expect.” The pink button above takes you to her site.

©2016 by Stacy Crouch

 

 

6 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: expect

  1. Congratulations on your baby! I’m your FMF neighbor and I think we had similar ideas (although I am WAY past “expecting” a baby – mine will graduate next week from high school!). I love the idea of having God’s promises right now, today. 🙂

  2. Congratulations on your little boy! I love the link you make between expecting a baby and expecting God to fulfil his promises- both something we can have now but not fully, and the wonderful hope it gives for the future,

  3. “… He is doing the best things, even through the hard.” Such a comforting truth. Thanks for your post, Stacey. I am consistently ministered to by your words. Blessings.

  4. So true, Stacy! What a perspective too. Speaking of Christ, Peter writes: “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 8:9

  5. i love the way you describe this wonderful mystery of expecting:) how delightful. i guess it should be more like, “we are expecting to see our baby…” that was always a huge suspense for me. i had our babies during the time when we didn’t know the sex…i wish we had. but i also was dying to see what they looked like! we had 3 daughters. each was different that the other. they were very similar in weight, but one had a headful of blonde hair, the next almost no hair and the last, a head full of dark hair! it’s easy to tell which was which in their baby photos.

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