“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 1:46,47 (The Message Bible)
For years I stayed home and cared for my two children. My youngest would go to daycare and needed a tuberculosis test. While at the doctor’s office, I told the nurse I hadn’t felt like myself—tired and wondered if I was pregnant. To rule out this possibility, the nurse suggested a pregnancy test. The next morning she called all perky and said, “Congratulations, Mrs. Gillis, you are pregnant.” There was no dance, nor a “Song of Linda.” For the rest of the day, I walked around the house in a daze.
My pregnancy went well, but in the first trimester health issues required tests, and subsequently, surgery and bed rest. Today, I wonder if God was just trying to get my attention—he had given me a gift, and I didn’t want to open it.
Christians have long considered the butterfly to be the symbol of resurrection; with all three of my children, the first sign of life in the womb felt like a flutter of a butterfly wing! When I felt the faint flutter of the unexpected baby in my womb, my heart leapt. I untied the bow, opened the gift, and carried God’s child. He had handpicked me to be the mother of Susan—and as Mary, I, too, became the most fortunate woman on earth!
Dear Lord, help us receive the gifts you give us, with a dance in our heart. Amen.