God Delivers on His Promises
By Heather Gain
Excitement flooded over me when the alarm buzzed at 6 am on July 21. Then came the wave of fear.
A doctor was scheduled to pull my baby daughter from my womb in a cesarean section just three hours later. Soon I would snuggle my sweet, precious baby. I hoped.
I waited for this day for about four-and-a-half years. I thought it would come much sooner. But our dreams of having a second child were crushed three times through miscarriages. God is snuggling those babies now instead.
So the morning of my surgery, anxiety cast a shadow over what was supposed to be a glorious day. I had no reason to believe my baby girl was in danger this time. I just carried the feeling that nothing is certain.
I longed for the days of my first pregnancy and delivery. From the moment I saw a plus sign on the pregnancy test stick until they plopped Lois’ swaddled little body in my arms, it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t come home with us. It wasn’t until later that I discovered that God doesn’t promise us all healthy babies.
God makes lots of promises to his people. He promises wisdom when you ask. He promises forgiveness when you repent. He also promises followers of Jesus that He will refine us with fire.
But the promise God has delivered to me most often comes from Deuteronomy 31:6.
“For the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I found this promise true during our losses. Through the pain, He fortified my faith. He gave me new purpose as a mother to my first child. He restored my joy and hope through friends, family and church. He called me to share my pain to help others. He never left me or forsake me.
Again He delivered on this promise on the day my little girl was scheduled to be born this July.
In the dark house before anyone else awoke, I cracked my Bible looking for scriptures of praise. God led me to Psalm 113. I lifted the words as a prayer to my Lord with a glad heart that morning. But then I began to weep when I read the last verse.
“He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.”
Once again God provided His promised comfort. I didn’t know what would happen in that surgery. But I believed God would be with me. My anxiety lifted. And we celebrated when a Ruby Joelle Gain was born at 9:32 am on July 21.
So what about you? Which of God’s promises have you seen working in your life in the most?
Think about given Him praise for the promises on which you've seen Him deliver. And then look harder for the ones He seems to have forgotten. You'll find he hasn't.
Heather Gain, a former newspaper reporter, is now the church administrator and communications director at Rooftop. She lives with her husband, JR, and their two daughters - Lois and Ruby - in Maryland Heights.