Excerpt from
The Jensen Family

Probably he got caught in a steel trap like this one over here," their dad said, pointing to an exhibit in the next case.
"But how could he get free from that?" Julie asked.

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– posted 12.04.2009

#9: The Big Surprise!

A Character story about Trust.

The Jensen family was seated around the kitchen table. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen were both smiling broadly making Julie and Jason suspicious. Jason spoke even before he was seated.
"Come on, now. Don't keep us waiting. What's the surprise?"
"Yah," Julie added. "What are you two grinning about? Hurry up and tell us," she said, impatiently.
"Well," Mr. Jensen began, "we actually have two surprises but one will have to wait a little while. But we will tell you the big one today. Honey, do you want to tell or should I?"
"You go ahead," Mrs. Jensen responded. "I know how anxious you are to tell them."
"Well someone tell us!" Julie was almost bursting.
"OK. Well... you two probably don't know it, but several years ago the doctor told us that we probably would not have any more children. Since then, we have been praying that God would overrule and give us another bundle of joy to rear for Him. And... God has answered our prayer. We just found out this morning!"
Julie jumped to her feet. "Wow! You mean we are going to have another baby? Wow! Wow! Wow!" She kept screaming, jumping up and down around the kitchen. Then she ran over to her mother, then her father, and she even tried to hug Jason, but he moved away. "That's the neatest thing in the whole world! Wait till I tell all my friends at school!"
Mrs. Jensen turned to Jason. "Well, we know what Julie thinks about it. But you haven't said much, Son."
Jason looked a little stunned. "I .. think it's really neat. It ... it just took me by surprise. I mean, it's just been the two of us for so long, I guess I just figured it would always be that way. But I'm happy about it. I just have to get used to the idea."
"I understand that," Mr. Jensen responded. "We have not talked about it because we didn't want to get any false hopes. But, believe me, we are just as happy as anyone could be."
Suddenly Julie's face lit up. "I know what the other surprise is! We are going to have twins again!"
Mr. and Mrs. Jensen both laughed. "No, that's not it. It could be twins but it is too early to tell," Mr. Jensen assured her.
Now Julie ran over to her mother. "Mom, how are you feeling? You better rest and get into bed. I'll make supper and bring it to you."
Mrs. Jensen laughed again. "Thanks for your offer of help, but I am feeling just fine. If I eat properly and get the rest I need, this won't mean that I have to stop doing everything for 8 months."
"Eight months?" Jason said, pondering. "That means the baby is due in September?"
"Right," Mr. Jensen replied, "So we'll have lots of time to prepare for this change in our home."
"I'm going to start praying right now that it is a sister," Julie announced, finally taking a seat again at the table.
"I'm afraid it's too late for that," Mr. Jensen said. "Just about everything about the baby is already decided."
"Already decided?" Julie sounded puzzled. "What do you mean?"
"The characteristics like color of eyes, color of hair, height, and whether it will be a brother or sister ... these things are like the characteristics of a plant which are all hidden inside a seed. When the seed is planted, the characteristics are seen, but they were there long before. In fact, do you know when these things were determined for our brother or sister, or for you?"
Both twins shook their heads. "Let me read a few verses from Psalm 139 for you." Mr. Jensen took his Bible from the top of the refrigerator and turned a few pages. "Verse 14 says, 'I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.' David is saying that the way God makes people is a wonderful plan, not an accident. Then in Verse 16 he says, '... in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when at yet there was none of them.' That simply means that God plans us according to His design long before any of the parts are made."
"Wow," responded Jason. "That means we shouldn't pray about what he... or she looks like cause it's already planned anyway."
"Yes," Mrs. Jensen agreed. "It would be better for us to pray that we would each be the right example so that this little one will want to love God with all his heart."
"Or her heart," Julie added quickly.
"Right," Mr. Jensen said with a chuckle, giving Julie a hug.
"But Dad," Jason remarked. "Can't you tell us the other surprise? It can't be as big as that one!"
"You're right! It won't be that big, but I can't tell you just yet. But when I do, I know you'll be excited."

© 1997 James W. Swanson