My first born.
The one who gave me the title: Mama.
I can’t believe my baby is 4 today!
When Jayson and I started planning to have a baby, we thought it would happen on our timeline. But it didn’t work that way. We had been married for almost 3 years and felt ready to have kids. We started thinking of names and making plans. We tried for several months and nothing was happening, other than we were starting to worry and get disappointed. One day I decided to fast and pray to God because I knew it was out of our hands. God took me to Genesis 22, where God tests Abraham and asks him to sacrifice Isaac.
Abraham’s wife Sarah was barren. God promised them a son, they were old and didn’t know how or when God’s promise would come to fruition in their lives, but they trusted and obeyed God. Finally, they have Isaac and they love their little boy with all their heart. One day God shows up and says, “Go to Mount Moriah and sacrifice your only son.”
Without questioning God, Abraham takes his son and prepares to sacrifice him, but then God shows up and stops Abraham. God provides a ram in the bushes to be sacrificed, instead of Isaac. In that moment, in that place God is introduced to us as Jehovah Jireh. “Abraham called that place, The Lord Will Provide” (Gen 22:14).
God spoke to me clearly through this passage and He reminded me to focus on the Giver, not the gift. He also helped me name my daughter, Moriah-the mountain where God showed up to Abraham when he was willing to surrender everything to God and say I want you more than anything else. The mountain where we see a foreshadowing of God giving up His only son to show us He wants us more than anything else. He becomes our ultimate Provider. And if “ He did not spare His own son, but gave him up for us all- how will he not also along with him, graciously give us all things” Romans 8:32
God gave me my precious gift, my daughter on August 10, 2013. I love that we named our daughter Moriah, because her name is a reminder to us of God’s faithfulness and provision in our lives. I hope Moriah will grow up to have faith strong as a mountain like Abraham and Sarah. I pray that she will see God show up in her life as Jehovah Jireh and that she would always focus on the Giver more than the gift.