My Favorite Sound
Written by Jon Wood
Th-thump…th-thump…th-thump…it’s my new favorite sound.
I know that may not seem like a lot to you but to me, it’s pretty incredible. It’s the constant reminder of a miracle that was not supposed to happen. Now, let me share with you my other favorite sound. It’s a little slower than the first; it goes like this:
No, my favorite sounds are not from a helicopter. These are actually the sounds of my girls’ heartbeats. The first is the sound of my baby girl that has yet to arrive. It’s twice as fast as her mother’s. This is because she’s still growing, still developing. She feels pressured to produce enough oxygen in her lungs to grow from day to day. So, her heart beats as fast as a marathon runner trying to keep herself afloat within her mother’s sanctuary.
Now, on the other hand, my wife’s heartbeat is consistently slower. It’s always faithful to support and supply our little one’s needs, never leaving her to want for what she needs. Her heart beats this way so she can evenly distribute everything our girl needs to survive.
At first, I have to admit that learning this about both of my girls was pretty fascinating. When we saw one of our ultrasounds, we had a chance to watch our little girl get worked up and squirm. Immediately, her heart rate increased as she seemed unsure of what to do. Yet, my wife’s was still the same calming reminder that she’s been all along the way for our girl, “I’m still here, supporting you.”
The other day God overwhelmed me with the thought that so many times I’m just like my little girl. I squirm, and my heart races because I’m still learning how to do this crazy thing called life. Our cars needed repairs the other day. We have medical bills and student loans to pay. The house needs work and the list goes on and on. Yet, God is still consistently reminding me that He is there even when it doesn’t feel like it. He is calm while I am frantic. He is patient while I rush. He is loving when I’m difficult to love.
So, friend, if today you feel like my little girl with your heart beating a 1,000 miles an hour, then be encouraged by this beautiful reminder from the book of 2 Corinthians 9:8-11, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”