At this time last year, I was washing crib sheets in Dreft for a foster-baby we were making room for. For a foster-baby we were prepping our home for. Our daughter for. Our hearts for.
I was having my husband set up the crib. We were just about done turning the guest room into a nursery.
At this time last year, I was praying for a baby I never met. And I saw the words over the crib as I prayed for him or her, “Precious One.”
I didn’t know who the “Precious One” was, just that whoever would fill that crib–would be precious to us. And precious to God. And I wanted to speak that over this abandoned, neglected foster-baby.
At this time last year, we were just days away from getting our Foster Parent certification. We only had one day of training left…
When my husband came home with a pregnancy test. And I rolled my eyes at him.
At this time last year, I had no idea. God was working a masterpiece in the darkness. In the shadows of the unknown.
At this time last year, I didn’t know the “Precious One” would be my very own son.
But he was.
And God knew all along.
He knew all along who this nursery was being prepared for.
We didn’t. We just prepared it–trusting God would fill it with whomever He wanted to fill it.
And He did.
I had no idea a miracle was right around the corner.
But it was.
I write this for the Barren.
Not to cause you pain–or heartache. Not to remind you of a longing not yet filled.
But to remind you of something—God knows what He’s doing.
You (and me) we don’t always know what we’re doing, but God always knows what He’s doing.
You might not know where you’re going–but God does.
You might not understand the timing–but God does.
You might not know what’s taking so long–but God does.
Because He’s forming a masterpiece in the darkness.
I don’t know His plan for you. If you will have a child through your womb, or through another way. Or, at all.
But just because you don’t know something is coming, doesn’t mean it’s not coming.
And just because you can’t see Him working, doesn’t mean He’s not working.
Faith is trusting Him even when you don’t know what He’s doing.
And I am convinced He is always doing more than we could imagine or understand. In the darkness of the unknown.
So don’t lose heart.
Because David wrote,
“If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.” (Psalm 139:11-12)
Even the darkness is not dark to Him.
And what does it say next?
It speaks of the womb.
“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16
He works in secret.
And His works are wonderful
My soul knows it very well.
I am praying for you tonight. That you would not be overwhelmed by the darkness of the unknown. At this time last year, I had no idea. And at this time this year, maybe you have no idea. What He’s doing. But don’t be afraid of the dark. Because though it may look dark to you, and the night seems to cover you. Remember this,
The darkness is not dark to Him.
It shines as bright as day.