"Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations..." ~Deuteronomy 7:9
A good word right?
I've been reading and meditating on this verse this week. God is faithful. Amen.
Can I just tell you a quick story so you can see why I say that with true conviction?
It all started when my family picked up everything to move to Las Vegas back in July. Since we're living with my parents, and I'm using a midwife, and there isn't a birth center in Vegas, my only option was a homebirth; which I was planning for in Texas, but in my own home. Basically it came down to: a homebirth in my parent's house. You can read that whole story here.
Like I said in my previous post, I am not overly excited about the idea. I have concerns about it. Not necessarily fear, but since it's not ideal, I'm having a hard time trusting God with it.
Or at least I was having a hard time trusting God with it. I was praying for peace in the whole situation; that no matter the outcome, I would leave it all up to Him because I didn't want it to affect my labor. And I wanted peace. And I wanted the entire situation to be for His glory, not for my comfort or ease.
So I prayed. And at the same time tried to think up a grand plan for how God would 'fix' the situation. I had 2 solutions in mind:
1. Ben would land a job before the birth that would allow us to move into our own place, even if it was a few days or weeks before
2. God would completely put to ease my worry about birthing in a place that wasn't my own. And I continued to pray.
And then a 3rd solution presented itself; something that I didn't even think could be an option:
My midwife announced on facebook that on November 1 (18 days before my due date), the first birth center ever will be opening in Las Vegas.
What?!!?! Are you kidding me God? Did I read that right?
I promise, you read that right. And no, God was not kidding. He was for real. He is faithful.
I never considered a birth center to be an option because I distinctly remember the first conversation I ever had with my midwife. We discussed the fact that there is no birth center in Las Vegas and she told me that it's because it's so difficult to open one in Nevada. From the discussion, I got the impression that it wasn't something that she and the other midwives she worked with were interested in working toward, at least not right now.
Obviously I was wrong.
Can I just say, I sometimes wonder why we came to Vegas. I mean, that question still has not been answered. I've said before, I don't doubt my husband's decision to move us back here. But there are times that it feels like maybe we're in the wrong place. That is, until God shows us His faithfulness like He did that night. It was a blatant and loving reminder that He's with us. He hasn't forgotten us. He has called us and has a provision.
I love that verse from Deuteronomy. My God is the God. He is the faithful God. And He keeps His steafast love with me. Most of the time I believe those words because they are written in scripture and because God demonstrated His love when He sacrificed His son for me (which in itself is enough of a reason to stand firm on them!!!). But every now and then, He affords me the pleasure of seeing those words alive in real life, day to day events. And what a blessing that is.