In the busyness of life, in the stresses of the present, it’s easy to forget what God has done in the past. I think that is why God was constantly reminding the Israelites to talk about the things He had done for them, why He instituted days and weeks of celebration. When they were wandering in the wilderness, He pointed their attention to their deliverance from Egypt, of the miraculous plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. God does not want us to forget the things He has done for us because He wants us to know how much He loves us.
This was my wife’s Facebook post yesterday.
A year ago today, I excitedly went to my first ob appointment and was thrilled to hear that they were going to do an ultrasound. The ultrasound, though, was empty. The dr. told me to “be guarded” and sent me for blood-work. They called me later at home and told me to come earlier for my follow-up blood-work and then to meet with the dr right afterward (instead of waiting for a phone call, like they’d originally said). They also told me to “bring a support person.” Not good signs. We prepared (as much as you can) for the worst and prayed for the very best. Two days later, blood tests, 2 doctors, and a nurse practitioner confirmed that my pregnancy was not viable (my body got ready for a baby, but there wasn’t one) and I would need surgery. I could do it right then, or I could have an ultrasound in a week–only for my “peace of mind”–and then have the surgery. People wondered why I would put myself through a 2nd sad ultrasound, but I knew I needed to. I’m so glad I did because God revealed our miracle baby that day.
That baby is our second son, Eric Samuel. We refer to him as our miracle baby and you can read the rest of the story in my Christmas Miracle post. There is a reason we talk about this story so much. There is a reason we want Eric and his older brother, Zachary, to hear it often. It’s simple really. When life is tough, when they get worn down by the trials of life, when their faith is tested, we want them to remember what God has done. This is an important moment in our family’s story.
This year, one year after these events, my wife and I are talking about how we can make sure our family does not forget these things. We have decided to celebrate the day we heard the good news, the day of that second ultrasound when we found out she was seven weeks pregnant. It will be our family’s Passover, an annual celebration of God’s provision. We have not figured out all the details yet, but I’ll be sure to share more after it is over.
What moments in your story are worth celebrating and remembering? How do you create a family rhythm out of those things?