You know when you have a baby you are so excited. They hand you that pretty little baby and he smells great and looks great and you are on the top of the world. Then the drugs wear off. (Ha Ha)
Twenty six years ago today that happened to me. Our youngest Brent was born. I was not a good pregnant person. I looked bad, acted bad and probably smelled bad. But the day had arrived and he was on his way. We faced this day with a fear in our hearts. I had had some problems at the beginning of the pregnancy and the doctor had told us there was a chance that our child would have birth defects. So as we awaited the arrival of our new baby we understood we may have some rough road ahead. Brent was born right on time. (During Wednesday Night church), what do you expect of a preachers kid. He was a big guy 9lb an 8oz. As soon as I had him I started praising God. The nurses thought I was crazy. I knew I had a boy and girl and would never have to do this again. They wrapped Brent up and whisked him away. Tim and I waited on the Doctor to come in and tell us the news of our little boy. We were ready to hear the bad news. We had seen how big he was. We saw how he had ten fingers and ten toes but his eyes were slanted and hardly even there. So we waited and wondered what God would call on us to go through. The doctor walked in and gave us a glowing report. We looked at him confused. I said,”are you sure nothing is wrong. Didn’t you see his face?” The doctor started laughing and said, “Your face would look the same if you had lived through the trauma he just came through.”
Brent has been a blessing to our lives. He never meets a stranger. At the age of 11 he climbed into the car after baseball practice and looked out to wave at a boy crossing in front of us. He said, “Mom Brady isn’t going to heaven.” I asked how he knew that and he said, “I asked him.” I knew then that he had the gift of evangelism. God has given him a gift to speak to people everywhere. Brent is now serving at Prestonwood Baptist Church as a Singles Intern. It is going to be exciting to see how God uses his life.
You know children are a gift from God. We gave Brent to God before he was even born. Now we see how God is working in his life. I hope that you have given your children to the Lord. I also pray they can see the Lord in you.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.