What a birth story Samson had. I remember how I loved to hear my mother talk about my birth. How they had to travel 14 miles from the farm to the local small town hospital with a team of horses pulling a wagon, and in October when it was already cold.
Birth stories are a big deal and Samson's was so unique on so many levels that anyone in the know knew that this boy was "supposed" to be special. I love his birth story because it is so informative about how heaven is involved in every one of our births!
First thing we learn is that his mother was barren, had been for years. There was no human hope that she would ever have a child.
So this is lesson number one, If this child is to be born, there is nothing that can stop heaven's plan, it was just going to happen.
One day a special messenger appeared to Samson's parents, who it turned out was the very Christ who would one day become the Messiah. They were flabbergasted of course but this messenger had a few conditions they needed to be aware of, which were rather special. They were told that the child would be a boy, and that his mother was to avoid alcohol and any unclean food. also, once he was born he was to be a "Nazerite to God." This means he was to be "separated" for the work of the Lord. This meant that for the rest of his life he was to never cut his hair and avoid all alcohol!
This is lesson number two, every child is planned. God did not look down at earth leaning over his heavenly balcony and say, "Oh wow what a surprise, I see there's a new kid at the Derksen residence, wonder what he will be all about?"
That's not how it works. Your and my parents may or may not have seen an angel, or Jesus or raised you as a Nazerite but this tells me that like Samson, you and me were planned. We were not a mistake by any means. The great Creator knew all about you, loved you and planned your birth long before it all actually happened. It was all timed perfectly.
But there was one more thing. This child, Samson, with God's help was going to be the beginning of Israel's deliverance out of the hand of the Philistines!
Lesson number three: Every child is born with a purpose! There is a reason you are here and heaven will guide, direct and help you achieve that purpose. Now, what we do with this part is up to us! Samson made some bad choices making it hard on himself, his parents, Israel and his God, but in the end did it.
That is why I love my sculpture, because it is sort of a monument reminding me of all these things. First of all there is this God who is just head over heels in love with us. It's crazy, I don't understand it but it's true. Then, if i have struggles and doubts, which I sometimes do have, I look at this scultprue and remember my God is very close to me and since he knew and planned my birth, plus the course of my life, I can know he's right here right now totally aware of my whole situation. Fantastic.
He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts”
― A. W. Tozer, "The Pursuit of God"