My friend Rayna is pregnant! The world is a different place since I received the news. The sun seems to be shinning brighter and ” hope” is just in the air! I know that ladies are expecting all the time, but next month Rayna will be 41. She and her husband have been married 23 years. They have two adopted daughters of their own, one who is 17 and the other 15. Rayna and I were able to share a special season in life together when our girls were very young. Even though she is living several states away, she called to let me in on the surprising, wonderful news.
She was laughing so hard and I began to laugh through tears. Rayna shared with me the different reactions of those who heard the news. One person even told her that she shouldn’t tell folks because she is only about 4 or 6 weeks along…that she should wait until she is at least 12 weeks. I loved Rayna’s response. She said that she wasn’t going to let Satan or anyone else rob her of this joy! She said that regardless of the future, never in her whole life has she ever been able to tell anyone that she is pregnant and she is going to tell it now!
I realize this is a sensitive subject, especially for those who have suffered many highs and lows in this area of life. I don’t mean at all to minimize that pain. It is very real and sometimes on going with no relief in sight. My heart aches for those. Some of you going through this, I also call friends. But for the moment, I want to focus on what Rayna is focusing on…”the here and now.” I want to celebrate and acknowledge that the Lord can change life in a heartbeat, even with the heartbeat of new life! I know there are phone calls that can change your whole world in an instant of receiving them…good or bad. The call from Rayna was good and changed my outlook on TODAY…NOW! The world just seems to be different.
Regardless of your circumstance, let’s look at the world through “eyes of Hope and Joy.” Depending on your perspective, the world can be a different place!
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Eph. 3: 20-21