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This morning when I padded into the kitchen to make coffee I saw where Andrew had left an Upward Soccer brochure out on the counter. He wants to play soccer this Summer. Our 9-year-old is the smallest in his class, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in speed. Andrew loves soccer!

I recall Andrew’s 1-year check up. The pediatrician noted his height and weight and with a great sigh the Dr. carefully told us that Andrew is going to be on the small size. (I wouldn’t expect to have tall children since neither parent is tall). With our little one-year-old on his lap, the physician indicated that Andrew will excel in sports like soccer, perhaps even tennis and golf.

A few years ago, my dear friend told me she loves how God is previous. At first I didn’t understand what she meant by that statement. Psalms 139 perfectly illustrates God being previous, but don’t take my word for it read Psalms 139 for yourself. Go ahead, right now. OK now that you are back, did you see how God is Previous! God knows our past, present, and future. Before we were born, he has ordained certain circumstances in our life to shape us into who he has created us to be.

This morning, the memory of that conversation we had with Andrew’s physician over 8-years ago has left me utterly speechless. I think back on how Andrew was sitting in the physician’s lap and the Dr. was telling us what sports he would excel.

“You created my inner most being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. When I was woven together…your eyes say my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” -Psalms 139-15-16

I imagine God sitting on his throne with each one of us, before we were formed. As we sit on his lap, God is smiling and loving on us. Then he ordains the plans he has for us. Perhaps with Andrew he said, I love you and I’m going to make you…small in stature, but quick in speed, so that you will glorify my name.

Perhaps to me, God sat me on his lap and said, you will be called April, Latin for Open. I will give you the gift of story-telling. As your name implies you will open your heart and share what I’ve done in your life so that my name will be glorified.

What do you think God said about you, when he sat you on his lap and ordained the days of your life in his book, before one of them came to be?

“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.” – Jeremiah 29:11


“May you and I be mutually encouraged by each others faith.” -Romans 1:12

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