Sitting at my desk about a year ago now, I hustled to pull out a scratch piece of paper quickly to write out the melody that ran through my mind and heart.
Mike and Megan Johnson were newer to my world. One thing that really impressed me about them both was their willingness to serve and how quickly they opened up themselves to the people in their new church family. I didn’t know their story very well at the time, but their open hearts won me over.
Megan and Mike had a baby girl. Madyson. Little. Very little. (Aren’t babies, though?) I remember there being some concern about her not growing quickly enough for the doctor’s charts. I think it was about that time that I prayed quickly for Mike and Megan and Madyson. It wasn’t a long prayer. Simply that she would be healthy, and that they’d receive a good report from the next doctor’s visit. As I thought over that, there was an overwhelming peace.
That’s when the words and peaceful melody poured out:
You, you were born to be loved
You, you were made to be free
Nothing can separate you from my love, my dear one
You are loved
When you sleep, my angels will protect you
When you wake I will be right by your side
When you ask I will have the answer for you
Oh can’t you see, what you mean to me
When you rise, I will teach you about good things
When you walk, I will make you firm and strong
If you fall, I will help you get right back up
Oh, can’t you see, what you mean to me
It was later that Megan shared with me that they had been trying to get pregnant for a very long time. There were medical complications. It was not an easy road. I can’t imagine after desiring something so beautiful for so long, and then having the feeling of being told that your beautiful is struggling – in any area.
That morning at my desk I imagined the Big Dad, with muscle-y arms and a face lit with joy, run in for the embrace, saying, “YOU! YOU were born to be loved! YOU were created to be free to REALLY live life because of what Jesus has done. HOW I love you, my crazy awesome buddy! I’m in this WITH you.” He says that to Madyson. He says that to Megan and to Mike. He says that to you.
The first time I sang Madyson’s song for her, she was just about a year old. She’s a mover, so I wasn’t expecting her to stick around…for a lullaby, of all tunes. Not only did she listen to the whole song, she danced!
I read this verse earlier today, and thought it fit beautifully with this story, and perhaps your story:
“He gives the childless woman a family, making her a happy mother.” Psalm 113:9