“And Mary said,
I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!” Luke 1:46-48
We tease our third child about being a surprise. We had planned for two children, but got a bonus baby. When my daughter, Karen, began kindergarten, I got a part-time job. But before I began, I discovered I was pregnant. I vividly remember the call I received from the doctor’s office, “Congratulations, Mrs. Gillis, you are pregnant!” I responded with, “Oh, my….” There wasn’t immediate rejoicing, as I pondered starting over with an infant.
Then one day, God performed a miracle—a tumor on my thyroid gland. Suddenly, with the possibility of having cancer, I had someone other than myself to worry about. Would my baby know his/her mommy? During the months of testing and surgery, my pregnancy became the center of attention. As the baby bump grew, I began to long for the infant to be in my arms.
The tumor was benign, but not my love for the baby, the precious gift God gave me—my Susan. Just like Mary, I became the most fortunate woman on earth!
Lord, we don’t always know what is good for us, but we trust that you do! Amen.