There I was in the delivery room with my husband, waiting for our new baby to arrive. The doctor had broken my water two hours before with no results yet. A TV hung from the wall, but I didn’t want to turn that on. I just wanted to pray and talk to God about this day of days, the day we waited eleven years for, the day our son was to be born.
So I retrieved my journal and started praying every verse that came to mind. I wrote to Jesus. I wrote to our new baby. And I prayed these verses…
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
I desire to do Your will, O God, Your law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8
Keep me as the apple of Your eye, hide me in the shadow of Your wings. Psalm 17:8
From the rising of the sun to the time that it goes down, the Name of the Lord will be praised. Psalm 113:3
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15
Every good and perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights. James 1:17
This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Create in my a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
You knit me together in my mother’s womb, I praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:13
From the ends of the earth I call to You, I cry to You as my heart grows faint, lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2
I shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord. Psalm 118:17
I just wrote the verses, and didn’t try to remember the version or reference. Then the contractions became painful and I had to put my pen and journal away. But over and over I prayed these verses as the afternoon progressed and we waited for our sweet miracle to arrive. While curled up on my side, eyes closed tightly in pain, there was no way I could read my Bible. But that was okay, because I had hidden God’s Word in my heart for this time of need. Finally. late in the afternoon, Joel Kent burst into the world.
Oh, Jesus, thank you for Your Word that carried me through such a trying day. Thank you for Your Word that always comforts me and brings me joy. Thank you for our new baby. Amen.
As I look back on Joel’s birthday, I think ahead to all the other times in his life when I will need God’s Word, as I have in the lives of his siblings…sick days, surgeries and injuries, hurts from friends, snow drifts blocking our way, big decisions, school days, mission trips, each day in prayer…
Today’s TEA CUPP: Are you prepared with God’s Word in your heart for a time of need? How about spending your TEA CUPP time today, memorizing a Bible verse? Next week learn another one, and so on. Soon you will have many verses hidden in your heart for a day of angst or joy.