Do you ever look back on your life and on the timing of things with wonder? I know that God’s timing, like all of His plan, is perfect. And yet it never ceases to amaze me.
This morning Charlotte, our beautiful rainbow baby, turned 10 months old. I still don’t know how as I was pretty sure she was born about six weeks ago but apparently calendars don’t lie (except for all the 2020 ones with dodgy bank holiday markings). The dawn of another month of Charlotte’s life means capturing and sharing milestone photos. And having posted those to Facebook, I had a quick flick through my memories from July 18 in years gone by, which brought a wry smile to my face.
Facebook reminded me of July 18, 2019, the day on which my lovely colleagues showered me with gifts as they prepared to roll me out of the door ahead of maternity leave. It also reminded me of July 18, 2018, the day when the Swindon Advertiser published a feature about the launch of my book. It’s headline read, “Having a baby isn’t the be all and end all.”
The July 18s. Three key milestones in one incredible journey.
I wholeheartedly stand by the headline of that two-year-old article. Having a baby isn’t the be all and end all. Not being blessed with children is not a sign that your life is lacking or an indication that it cannot be whole. But, as we have learned over the past 10 months, having a baby is a blessing and one that brings us, and many people around us, joy day after day.
Charlotte’s nursery wall is home to a framed artwork based on the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
We have always known that God’s plan for our life was and is perfect. We knew it would be perfect whether it included a baby or not. Now that it does, we wait to see what else He has in store for our lives. And we will never stop reflecting on the immense journey He has brought us on, or the many and varied ways He has set up along the way to remind us.
(It would be remiss of me to post about the last three July 18s without mentioning another key event from that date in 2018, the birth of my beautiful goddaughter Amelia. So happy birthday ‘Mimi’. Love from me, Gary and ‘Car-Car’. xXx)
Sarah Moore is the author of For the Love of Lentil, A journey of longing, loss and abundant grace, which tells the story of her experience of pregnancy and miscarriage. Copies of the book, along with baby loss awareness badges which are sold in aid of Baby Lifeline, are available here.