Everyday Stewardship

When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I remember putting headphones on her stomach and playing classical music and the Beach Boys so my unborn child could develop a love for music. Some say such an action can work. Others say I was nuts. Either way, I don’t care because I was forming a bond with my child before I even really knew him. When my first son was born, he didn’t start singing “Good Vibrations,” but it was as if we already had some form of communication going on between us. The Lord said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” God knew Jeremiah, and he knew us, even before we were born. I was interacting on some level with my unborn son, but I didn’t really know him. I didn’t know he would be born with curly hair. I didn’t know that as he grew he would have a natural talent with math. I didn’t know he would feel uncomfortable in front of a group or that he would be a fast runner. None of these things did I know about my son, but God knew it all. For even though my son was result of the love between my wife and me, I did not create my son. God created him. And then this person whom he created and knew all inside and out was given to my wife and me as gift. I pray every day that my son might grow ever closer to his heavenly Father. I don’t want him to drift away from me, but I want us to draw ever closer to God together. This is being a good steward with my children. I hope to one day hear my son sing a new song unto the Lord, even if it was not recorded by the Beach Boys.

Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS