My wife and I are really looking forward to the birth of our child. Around 5 more weeks and our precious one will have “arrived”.
Recently we’ve been guests at the Prophetic Conference “Hear His Voice” at the GZD church in Dabringhausen, near Bonn. The guest speakers there were Ivan and Isabel Allum from London, Ontario. My wife Corrie knows them from her times of living and getting equipped in Toronto, Canada and they have known each other for about 14 years now. Corrie has had the honour to translate their book “Your Destiny : Unlocking the impossible promises of God” into German a few years ago and they enjoy a connection based on trust and friendship.
Therefore, it was also my pleasure to finally meet Ivan and Isabel for the first time. Isabel – bless her heart – thanked me for making Corrie so happy. I can only pass the thanks and the glory on to God, as He is the one who has helped me to grow into the man and husband I am today. And I still got quite a few things to learn, believe me.
During the conference, we met up with the host family where my mother in law stayed during the few days we went there. A lady called Ruth invited us in and we started chatting. As Corrie’s pregnancy has become more and more evident in recent weeks, it was of course one of the topics we talked about. Ruth asked us, if we knew the sex of the baby and if we had already picked a name for it. We confirmed, that we had talked about names right at the start of the pregnancy and had agreed on versions for both sexes very quickly.
Well, to our surprise Ruth carried on, by asking whether we knew if the names we picked were also God’s first choice for our child? I got a little uncomfortable, as I had gotten very used to the names we had picked. Ruth had a friendly and winning way of challenging us to pray and ask our Heavenly Dad, which name He thinks is fitting God’s calling on the child’s life.
So we got together and prayed, but the only person who really got an impression she wished to share, was my Mom in Law. She mentioned that she had been given part of the calling the child would have and also a name. She gave us that name on a piece of paper and it was slightly different from what Corrie and I had previously agreed on. However, it was a name, Corrie had thought of, just before we slightly changed it, talking about various names.
That night, we went back to the church and Corrie and Isabel happened to bump into each other near the restrooms. Isabel asked Corrie, if we already knew the sex of the child and Corrie confirmed that we did, but she didn’t reveal what it was. Isabel went on to tell her the correct sex and a name, of which she said this was the name God has spoken over the child. It was the same name we had been given in the afternoon and also the same name, Corrie had originally on her heart.
Ok, now I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed and felt a bit hurt in my pride as a father. However, I have no problem submitting to the Eternal One, who is Love in person and knows best, without any ulterior motives. So I agreed that we would change the name back to Corrie’s original choice, even though she was slightly uncomfortable with that, too, for reasons we won’t be able to reveal until the baby is born. 😉
Since then, I started calling the baby by this different name, whenever I spoke to it, through Corrie’s belly. And it is funny, as well as kind of crazy to experience, how much more responsive the child seems, when it is being called by that special name.
We’ve previously been talking to the child, calling it by the name we had chosen together and there wasn’t anywhere near as much movement in Corrie’s womb as there is now, whenever we’re using this special name.
We believe it is really astonishing to experience how God has already been calling our child by it’s name and feel it is already used to being called that. That’s why we get such a happy response whenever we’re using this name now.
I guess that’s been settled then and I can’t wait to meet our firstborn child in person.