A Wife Loved Like The Church

Losing control, or dying to yourself

Posted on: November 21, 2007

I’m slowly going out of my mind. Literally. Sleep has been pretty scarce the last week, and it’s taking a toll on my body/mind. The hard part is, the baby still hasn’t arrived so it’s not as though I’ll be getting a lot of sleep with her around anyways.

And speaking of her… God has a funny way of stopping me in my tracks.

For several weeks, no make that a couple of months, this fear that my daughter is actually going to come out a son has been lurking in my mind. Like normal, I’ve learned to suppress my thoughts/feelings on this issue until they hit me upside my head. Last night I had a long conversation with one of my dearest friends from back home, Rabeea. Her sister just had a baby, whom everyone thought was a girl (confirmed by two ultrasounds) and turned out to be a boy. During that conversation I realized I need to get some things right before the Lord.

I am not entitled to a daughter. I am not entitled to a son. Frankly, nowhere in the Bible does it say I am entitled to anything other than being a child of God. And really, we could stop right there and life would be complete, but our Father wants to bless. And so He has. I’m pregnant. Becoming pregnant was a fervent prayer of mine for over a year. And here I am, finishing up what has been a wonderful pregnancy.

Then last night I fully realized I’ve been obsessing over having a daughter ever since I found out she was a she (I know I would have done the same if I was told from the get go it was a he). People have made comments like “Well, you never know, it could be a boy” and I found myself getting angry with them. I took it as a personal attack and found myself being upset and defensive each time someone dared to second guess our ultrasound.

But the Lord knows that we will break. He knows that we will fall and come crawling back to Him. And because He is a good and loving God, because He has compassion, He holds us, dusts us off and never complains that it’s taken us far longer than it should to humble ourselves.

And that is what I am doing. I was up for most of the night crying and praying. I want nothing more than to have a daughter. I want it because I have everything I need for a girl. I have formed a bond with what I know to be my daughter. I call her by name, speak prayers of blessing over her, and have spent much time just in thought over how God will use her in her life. But, really, what if I have a boy? What if through all this time, through my delivery, my doctor says, “It’s a boy!” how will I be? Will I rejoice? Or will I question God? Will I wonder why He has provided everything for a girl just to give us a boy? Or will I trust that just as He provided once, He will provide again?

It is my desire to trust the Lord with all my heart and all my understanding. But I’ll be honest, I don’t. I live in fear. I live in doubt. But, last night God met me where I am and I realized that I don’t need to come to Him in completeness, I need to come to Him broken. He wants me to step out in faith amid doubt and to surrender even when I feel like I can’t. He wants me to surrender my daughter. And so I did. It was hard, harder it seems than when I surrendered getting pregnant to Him. I’ve spent too much time believing and trusting in the wrong things. It hurts to have to die to your flesh and your desires. And I haven’t fully. I’m still praying that if it’s God’s will everything will hold true and we will deliver a health baby girl. But God’s grace is good, and even in the last 18 hours I’ve come to more fully trust that He is in control and I am not. That He knows best and I do not. Just like with my miscarriage, His thoughts and ways are higher than mine, and while I didn’t understand why He allowed what He did, He knew. And it was, and still is, simply my responsibility to trust Him and continue to follow after Him.

So, I rejoice! And if The Windhams end up with a son instead of a daughter, you can count on him being loved beyond what my heart can even comprehend right now.

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3 Responses to "Losing control, or dying to yourself"

Thanks for sharing- it’s cool to see how God has used this pregnancy to grow you. I’m praying for you guys and can’t wait to meet baby Windham- whether it’s a girl or a boy!

I will be continuing to pray for you Sarah! (and your cuties!) Thank you for the update!

*cough, said under breath because I heart expectant mothers, cough* Keep sleeping as much as you can, during the morning, noon or night. Rest up as much as you can. And don’t forget, even in your exhaustion, you can do it! You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! (No matter what the “it” and the “things” end up being.)

I myself and finding dying to be a terribly hard thing. I can come to God with all these questions, or I see what he has done for others and I am jealous. oh its so ridiculous. thank you for sharing!

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