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Surprise Babies

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AN AMAZING FACT:  In May 1996, Karen Watson, age 20, gave birth to a 5-pound, 12-ounce baby boy in Albany, Oregon. This would not be so remarkable except for the fact Karen had no idea she was even pregnant. Karen was en route by train to a wedding in Missoula, Montana. During the train ride, Watson became increasingly uncomfortable. Someone eventually called ahead, and they were met by paramedics at the Albany train stop to see what was causing Karen’s mounting physical distress. Minutes later, Watson gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

This event took her completely by surprise, though she admitted some doctors had diagnosed she was suffering from anemia and a thyroid condition. Of course, this was not the first case of a woman unexpectedly giving birth. But it is hard to comprehend how slender, 105-pound Watson never even dreamed that the seven extra pounds she had gained could be a 5-pound, 12-ounce baby boy. What makes this even more amazing is that Karen Watson was a pre-med biology major at the University of California, Davis, with plans to go into family practice.

Did you know the Bible talks about a number of miracle baby boys that surprised their mothers? Isaac, Joseph, Samuel, John the Baptist, and Jesus were all born under miraculous circumstances. The elderly Sarah was so delighted when Isaac was born that she said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me” (Genesis 21:6). Rachel, who had been tormented by her sister Leah because she had no children, said after bearing Joseph, “God has taken away my reproach” (Genesis 30:23). Hannah had her miracle boy, “and called his name Samuel, saying, ‘Because I have asked for him from the Lord’” (1 Samuel 1:20). Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, was also beyond the usual child-bearing years when she became with child. Her response: “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people” (Luke 1:25).

The most miraculous baby, of course, was Jesus, who was born to save all those who choose to be miraculously born again in Him.

And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken.
- Genesis 21:1

For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
- Genesis 21:2

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