Last Sunday I preached from 2 Tim 1:1, where it starts, â€œPaul, an apostle (messenger) of Jesus Christ by the will of Godâ€¦â€ The congregation was a group of residents from a local nursing home. I was sharing with them that God has a plan/will for their lives â€“ even where they are at right now. John 6:40 clarifies that Godâ€™s will, big picture, is that everyone believe on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. But even beyond that, He has a will, a day to day desire for each of those dear people that were listening to me.
John 6:40, â€œAnd this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting lifeâ€¦â€
I was struck that our little one, still being formed in the womb, is under Godâ€™s care and that He already has a plan for that little life â€“ a plan that at this point even we as his/her parents donâ€™t know. Salvation is His primary desire for Baby Maxwell, after that?? Eph 3:20 gives us a clue though, we are told that it is beyond our ability to ask or imagine. This has greatly encouraged Melanie and I.
Ephesians 3:20, â€œNow to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in usâ€¦â€
Baby Maxwell continues to grow and get stronger. At a recent ultra-sound, the tech pointed out a little calf muscle, indicative of an active baby. We enjoy seeing the babyâ€™s profile and also watching the cute little hands, arms and feet appear on screen. The child still has a stomach issue that will require surgery immediately after birth. What other special needs the baby may or may not have, only time will tell.
Our biggest prayer request right now is that Baby stays in the womb as long as possible. His/her stomach issue means there is excess amniotic fluid surrounding the baby, which can cause labor to come sooner. We are also praying the Lord will direct us to the correct (maybe even Christian?) perinatalogist, hospital, neonatalogist, pediatric surgeon, and whomever else gets involved.