The first three months passed quickly. The smiles on the face of the woman re-appeared. She was trying to bottle up the excitement, at the same time, kept her fingers crossed. What if…?
The second trimester. The bulge in her stomach was getting noticeable. She was pregnant! This is her first pregnancy after her marriage of 8 years. The tears, all gone. The pains and despair…gone too. Years of waiting for a temporary cease of the monthly blood flow. Sanitary pads became objects of deep sadness. We waited…he waited…she waited, until days turned into months and months into years.
On the day of delivery, we all rallied round the house. Where is the child we have been expecting after a long time? The Bible said, “The expectation of the righteous shall not be cut short.” What a relief! That means there would be no loss of child.
As soon as the water broke, we rushed her to the hospital, re-decorated the house to welcome the arrival of the new baby. Fingers crossed as we prayed in silence. Time sped by quickly…we prayed…we waited.
The call came in, the call we’ve been expecting. Eager to hear the news and share around in testimonies. Our expectation. Our bundle of joy. Our reason for excitement. Few minutes later, we had mixed reactions. Our expectation was not cut short, they said, we had the baby. A boy! A very healthy child with eyes as clear as crystal. He had perfect features that made us wonder if he was conceived by human, or an angel perhaps. However, our joy was cut short. The mother? We lost her. She died in the delivery process. She couldn’t even hold her son, her expectation for eight years.
Is it really true that our expectation was not cut short? Or was it because we were not righteous? We prayed! We did. We lost one and gained the other. Dear Lord, how could you? Why?
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