A week ago I visited a good friend who’s wife just gave birth. They had a beautiful baby girl. My wife and I can’t help but talk about her even after we left. On that same day, we visited a friend who just recently lost his mom to cancer. I can’t help but see the irony of life in both of the visits. One is celebrating new life, while the other was mourning the end of it. I was somber the whole day. It made me think of the life that we live, its meaning and its value.
I saw this word a few months back from a baby magazine. Yes, I was so bored that time that I read what my pregnant wife was reading. I got so curious and did a little research about the word’s existence. I got lucky and saw it in Merriam-Webster’s open dictionary.
Infanticipation (noun) : The emotion one experiences during the gestation of their baby, and or maybe a feeling that you get when you are expecting something, similar to the feeling of expectant parents.
In a few month’s time my wife and I are welcoming another beautiful gift of life from God through the birth of our second baby. I can’t help but be excited, we waited for this bundle of blessing for close to 6 years. We have a daughter who’s turning six next month. I know our wait can never outweigh the time spent by friends who, for a number of years waited for a baby. I have quite a few of these friends. Sometimes, I don’t understand why God allows these things to happen – People who are not ready, unmarried and incapable of raising a baby, get pregnant so easily. But those that are ready, and are potentially good parents, just have a darn hard time. I will never understand this completely. But this I know, God’s ways are not my ways, my thoughts are not His thoughts as described by the prophet Isaiah. Thus their infanticipation are prolonged, sometimes it will never come. Take heart though friends, for God has a plan, and it is going to be perfect for this I am certain.
Others on the other hand experience a different kind of infanticipation. There are those who are waiting for the right person to come along, but that person never comes. Friends who after much waiting and dating still are unable to find someone to settle down with. By the looks of their faces, I can actually tell that they are more than ready to be wed, all the lines and dark spots reveal ones age after all (joke!). But again, God’s ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not mine. But, His plans for you to have a future to hope for is certain as what was shared by the prophet Jeremiah.
In the process of composing this blog, I just realized that God to is infanticipating. I mean remember the story of the friend who just recently lost his mom to cancer? God must have been anxious for her return to heaven, probably a bit similar to how anxious and excited my wife and I are for this coming baby. He is as excited also for those who ran away from His love and are now on their way back to His forgiving arms. We have a God who like all the fathers are excited for the coming of their sons. He is waiting. He is expecting and ready to love you.
Something to make you smile: Joke for the night.
Signs that you’re a New Dad:
Getting six hours of sleep is a privilege.
The sentence, “Honey, could you take his foot out of my pocket?” sounds normal.
You are used to doing everything one-handed.
The thought of your mother-in-law coming over for a few hours is a pleasant one.
The list of bodily fluids that disgust you has shortened, possibly to zero.
Your idea of romance is hand-holding.
You answer the question “How are you?” with “We’re fine.”
You decide whether a shirt is wearable not based on sweatiness, but based upon how well the spit-up stains match the shirt’s main color.
You see a slender teenage girl walking down your street, and you think, “Hey, I wonder if I could interest her in… babysitting?