This is a guest post by Michael Glover, my twin brother. He lives in Wasilla, AK, with his wife Megan, and their 2 high maintenance cats. He is about to become a Father, loves CrossFit, and is emerging as a disciple of Jesus.
My wife and I just came back from the ob/gyn clinic. We had an in-depth ultra-sound, and guess what? It’s a boy! Rrrrreeeeewwwwiiiiiinnnnddd back to when we first found out we were expecting.
Megan and I were sure we were having a boy. We had already named him, Jackson Gregory Glover. Now that name will sound good on the loud speaker, if he plays sports!
We were proud to honor my twin brother by giving Jackson his name (initially I wanted to name him Gregory Anthony, using my Dad’s middle name, and mine but that just doesn’t flow).
We were excited and didn’t even think about girl’s names, because it was a boy! We knew it!
Ever had certainty in something you felt, even though you didn’t have any evidence that it would come to pass? Ever see something by standing on the promises of God, and the authority of His Word, even though you just had a feeling?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen.” (Heb 11:1 KJV)
When you can see whatever it is you’re hoping for, or praying for, as already loosed in heaven, it switches from earthly to heavenly. The creator of heaven and earth, who shaped the world with just his voice, takes notice.
Getting back to Jackson Gregory, Megan had an ultra-sound at 20 weeks, July 31 to be exact. The doctor, who has terrible people skills, showed us our baby, a perfect shot right between his … wait … her legs.
We were shocked, but I wasn’t certain, I refused to believe it wasn’t a boy. (Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to have a girl. It’s just we were so sure it was boy, I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.)
You know, sometimes in our walk with Jesus, we feel something in our spirit and begin to believe and see, and then boom! You get evidence that what you claimed as a done deal is actually the exact opposite.
God, I thought you were going to heal me. I thought … you told me … time to quit?
Blind Bartimaeus was, “inquiring of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word.” (Lam 3:25 amp). Why hadn’t Jesus stopped? Why were there other voices in his head censuring and reproving, and telling him to keep still?
Quit? Give up?
Uh …”YOU SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY AND PITY ON ME (NOW)!” (Mark 10:48 amp)
When someone understands who Jesus is, and the absolute authority of his Word: stands on it, even to the point of demanding it by right of his or her necessity, and keeps claiming it – it stops Jesus.
If you can stop Jesus, you can change the conversation! Jesus went from walking to stopping to calling to asking to answer.
Wait … I thought we asked? At what point do you get Jesus to ask you what you want? Think about it.
The day it all changes
Our last visit at the ob/gyn I asked for another ultra-sound. Our mid-wife asked if a doctor had already confirmed the sex. My wife said, “Yes”, I said, “No, it wasn’t clear to me.” (Believing to see.)
When the technician started our ultra-sound this morning, I was nervous. Why? Because I believed to see. (Being nervous is okay, you know that right?) I cannot follow ultra-sounds very well, so my wife saw it before I did, but I finally saw with my own eyes. It’s a boy!!
I was nervous, everyone else was shocked. Believing to see!
“It was just chance Mike.” “The baby just hadn’t developed enough the first time.”
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Follower of Jesus.