It's interesting that now that I ma at the final days before I become a father that I feel a little more scared as I sit here waiting for my little girl to arrive. My wife is now about a full day past her due date and I'm glancing over at her every few minutes half expecting her water to break right there or for her to shout "She's coming!" Though with all the waiting I've done over the last 6 months I have to remember that all things come in God's timing, which is far better than my own.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Proverbs 1:9 (ESV)
There is a lot of fear that can come with change and especially when that change involves taking care of a new life. It's almost daily that I have remind myself the first feeling that I had when my wife surprised me with the news after we took a walk through our local farmer's market and I learned that I was going to be a father. That initial moment I wasn't just going to be a husband, but I was going to be a father and those same feelings have helped me get through all the days where I've felt completely terrified for what was coming.
Though God hasn't been idle in helping me to overcome those fears He has been placing men in my life since before I can remember that have helped me to understand what it means to be a father. All the lessons that I've personally experienced have been preparing me for this one moment to which I'm eternally grateful.
The Bible talks at length about children and fathers, but the verses that stand out to me right now talk about children being a heritage and a blessing. I cannot wait to meet my daughter and hold her close to tell her all the things that I've been wanting to teach her.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5 (ESV)