by Darla Noble
They offered great sacrifices that day, and rejoiced; for God had made them rejoice with great joy; and the women and the children also rejoiced; so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even far away.
When Justin and Kaitlin announced they were expecting a baby, their family and friends were naturally happy for them. But Justin and Kaitlin’s excitement seemed a bit over the top to most of them. They couldn’t stop talking about how grateful they were to God for being given such a gift. Kaitlin’s social media accounts were a non-stop flow of posts and tweets about the joys of motherhood, the joys of being pregnant, the joys of preparing to give birth, the joys of this and the joys of that. It got to the point that a few people started avoiding them because they didn’t want to have to listen to another round of ‘baby excitement’.
On the surface it did seem like this young couple was going a bit overboard. But like your mom always told you, “The way things look isn’t necessarily the way things are.” You see, Justin and Kaitlin’s joy in having a child wasn’t ‘just’ because they were having a child. Their joy also stemmed from the fact that Kaitlin had suffered five miscarriages that they hadn’t told anyone other than their parents about and from the fact that the doctors told them their chances of having a child were less than ten percent.
So letting their joy be heard even far away—joy they were expressing to the LORD in thanks for His gift of parenthood—was something Justin and Kaitlin did without reservation or embarrassment. They wanted everyone to know how grateful they were to God for what He was doing for them.
PRAY: Father, I praise Your wonderful name for the blessings You give, for the love You extend, and for the joy I have in knowing I am Your child. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.