One of my biggest reasons for not wanted to have children was because of how messed up this world is, and the thought of what they might have to endure during their lifetime. Yes, there were other factors as well, but that was the underlying thought that always would pop up whenever I thought about having a baby. It’s something that has nagged on my thoughts ever since I found out I was pregnant. And was brought back to the fore ground this week first with my daily Bible reading, and then with the attacks in Paris on Friday night. The question I would ask myself is “Why am I bringing a child into this messed up world?”
I have been reading the Bible through Chronologically this year, and in the last week I read the different accounts leading up to and including the crucifixion of Jesus. Which means I read these verses,
Matthew 24:19 – “And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!”
Mark 13:17 – “But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!”
Luke 21:23 – “But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.”
And, yes, they definitely made my underlying worry to resurface very strongly!! Then, as you all know, there was the horrific events that unfolded in Paris on Friday night, and the reminder that none of us really know what the future holds (especially when you see how Europe and America are opening their borders to these “refugees” and allowing them to enter by the thousands)!!
In the midst of this inner turmoil that I felt, I woke up one morning with the song, “Because He Lives” playing in my head. And as I did my morning chores I looked it up on YouTube and played the first option. It turned out to be Gloria Gaither telling how the song came to be, and it was just what I needed to hear at that point. So I am going to share here what she said in that video clip.
“Because He Lives was written in 1970, at the end of the whole turmoil of the 60’s where everything was pretty much in turmoil for a decade. In the news, the Vietnam War, the Civil Right’s Movement. It was at the peak of what seemed to be tearing America apart. It turned out to be a good thing, but at the time it was chaotic.
We were expecting our third baby, and we were reading the newspaper saying, “Why in the world would anybody bring a baby into a world like this? What’s it going to be like when this child has to face it?”
After Benji was born and we held that little baby in our arms, it kind of dawned on us that you don’t do what you do, and go on with your life, and get married and have kids because the world is stable. You do all that because Christ is real and the resurrection is true and life wins! That is when I wrote the words,
How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride, and joy He gives;
but greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.
As we realize that God holds the future and makes life worth living for all who trust in Him, we can face tomorrow with all the uncertainty it brings.”
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!
That was just what I needed to be reminded of, and it came at such a moment when I needed it most. Yes, I am sure that life will hand out challenges, and there will be pain and suffering, but Because HE Lives I can face tomorrow!! Praise God 🙂