My friend Adrienne came over this morning with her awesome new camera and took some shots of Baby-to-come and me. It was a fun morning while the boys played outside. Tyler wanted to be right in the picture most of the time, that made me laugh...I'm not too proud to admit, he's so much like his Mama...Last weekend during the Joyce Meyer conference we were singing a song about how God is our Safe Refuge, our Hiding Place. It got me thinking about Baby and how it is safe inside my womb, hiding out. I am hidden in Christ just as my Baby is hidden within me. What a beautiful picture of a Safe Refuge. There are a lot of verses in the Bible about how God is our Refuge, for instance:
"The Lord also will be a Refuge and a high tower for the oppressed..." Psalm 9:9
"The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life..." Psalm 27:1
"....my soul takes Refuge and finds shelter and confidence in You...." Psalm 57:1
"....but the Lord will be a Refuge for His people...." Joel 3:16
I looked up the definition of refuge and found this:
"That which shelters or protects from danger, or from distress or calamity; a stronghold which PROTECTS BY IT'S STRENGTH, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; a place INACCESSIBLE to an enemy."
I especially liked that last definition...."inaccessible", what a strong word.
Despite these beautiful promises, I still don't understand why every womb that is filled does not blossom or even why every womb is not filled. I think often of those women in my life that have had their Baby die or long to have their womb filled and my brain and heart cannot comprehend it. And yet, I will trust that my God is Who He says He is.....He is a place of Refuge....for Mommy's and Daddy's and Baby too.Thank you Adrienne for capturing these precious moments while Baby is still inside it's little cocoon! You had such great ideas....
"All the time we wondered and wondered,
who is this person coming, growing, turning, floating,
swimming deep, deep inside."