Can you imagine how difficult a job it is to forecast one’s life?
What will the family’s finances be like 5, 10, 15 years from now – maybe good, okay, or bad?
How much time will Dad have to work to feed the family?
What will their home be like over the same period – too small, just right, or lots of room?
What will Dad’s and Mom’s health be like?
What will the health be of their current children?
Is it possible a child might be lost?
Will Dad and Mom be happy with their children, want more, or wish for less?
Might God plan to use child-induced challenges to develop Christ-likeness in Dad and Mom and a dependence on God?
Could it possibly be that there is no earthly way parents can answer those questions and adequately plan when and how many children to have?
Could it be that is why God never told parents to decide?
“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 9:1).
Might this area of life require us to trust our loving omniscient, Father?
Joseph and Mary didn’t “plan” their family. Aren’t we glad?