When you make a living as an obstetrician, you are confronted every day with the question “When is this baby going to come?” Many mothers get anxious because they are trying to plan for family that is coming in from out of town to help them or because their husband’s job requires him to be out of town near the due date. Some are simply exhausted from the pregnancy and want it over.
When you take care of church staff, it goes to another level. We are now balancing serving the church and taking time off to have a baby. It’s never convenient to have your baby born on a Sunday.
Two recent examples within two weeks of each other have driven the point home to me that God knows exactly what He is doing. The first is the birth of Pastor Hagee’s twelfth grandchild, a son born to his middle daughter Christina. Not only does Christina work at John Hagee Ministries, but her father wanted to be present at his birth. Christina’s due date fell in the middle of the Christian’s United for Israel convention in Washington, D.C. and both he and I would be gone.
With Pastor’s schedule, he is rarely in San Antonio more than a couple of days in a row. I had planned to induce Tina on July 14th, just a few days before most of the family was to leave for D.C. July 9th is my anniversary and we had planned to drive to Austin to spend a romantic evening and then meet my son the following day at his camp. Instead, my wife surprised me that night with a room in town at a local resort only 3 miles from our house. We had a wonderful evening and the next morning began our drive to Austin. Stopping about 5 miles from our house to get some coffee for the road, my wife received a text message that Tina’s water had broken and she was on her way to the hospital. We immediately turned around and I made it to the hospital a short time later. Instead of being in Austin, I was still close to home.
Soon after, Pastor arrived having received his own text while speaking to the Governor of Texas at a downtown convention. He could not have been happier with the timing, as he was set to preach in the morning then catch a plane in the afternoon for a series of meetings several states away. This one day was a perfect window for both him and me. Of course the mother giving birth was all too happy to oblige! Wyatt Scott Ketterling was born that afternoon.
I thought of the passage in Matthew 6:8 “For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.” God knew our need and He was right on time.
The following week I was in Washington, D.C. at the CUFI Convention with our worship leader, Aaron Crabb. His wife was due to deliver in two weeks and it was with some concern that we both left her behind, believing that God would keep everything quiet until we returned. On the night of the nationally televised Night to Honor Israel, Amanda began to text my wife with concerns that she could be going into labor. We hid this from Aaron while he sang through the program, giving a memorable performance that moved the audience deeply.
Of course, I was aware of these texts but I clung to the scripture in Matthew 6:32 and 33: “For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” We were all putting the Lord’s work first. We believed He was well able to time the birth of their child around our service for him.
After the event was over, the contractions began to subside and we woke early the next morning to catch a flight home. To give Aaron the maximum time between church services, we planned to induce Amanda that Monday morning. That weekend, Amanda’s sisters-in-law surprised her by flying across the country so they could be present for the birth. Very early Monday morning, Jason Crabb drove his tour bus from a concert in Dallas and parked it in the hospital parking lot. The family had gathered for what was supposed to be a speedy third birth for Amanda.
The pressure was on when I learned that everyone had flights home that night requiring them to leave for the airport by 4pm. As the morning became early afternoon, I prayed to the Lord to bless the plans of these precious people whose desire was to support their loved ones. Aaron and Amanda had left all of their family behind to serve this ministry. I reminded God that they had put His kingdom first and I believed He would be an on-time God for them.
At 3pm, Ean William Crabb made a triumphal entrance to the delight of all gathered around. God was faithful that day. He saw. In Genesis 16:13, Hagar has an encounter with God in the desert as she is fleeing from Sarah. “She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: ‘You are the God who sees me,’ for she said, ‘I have now seen the One who sees me.”
In every situation we find ourselves, there is always the question of timing. Will God show up in time to save me; does He even see my circumstances? I can assure you that He does. “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) He is faithful. Our God sees.
Scott Farhart, M.D. has been in private practice in San Antonio, Texas, since 1989, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He attends the 19,000 member Cornerstone Church under the leadership of Pastor John Hagee and has served as an elder since 1991. He has been interviewed by Pastor Hagee on issues of sexuality and marriage, as well as being a regular contributor to JHMagazine, he bimonthly magazine of John Hagee Ministries. He and his wife, Sandy, have been married since 1983 and have two adult children.