I am about to enter a new season…Grand-parenting! I am going to be a grandmother very soon! Yipee!
My beautiful step-daughter Ashley is having a little boy and is in labor today. Oh, how I wish she didn’t have to go through what she will endure in the next few hours. Ask any woman who has given birth, and you will know, it’s a painful experience. But, it’s a pain that leads to a joy that is inexpressible. It’s that joy that I am excited to see in her face when she holds her precious little miracle.
You might not be giving birth to a child today, but you just might be in the middle of labor pains because God is birthing something new in your life or in your ministry. And in the middle of it all, pain is part of the process. If you are in life-labor, take heart. Pain, as much as we don’t like it, is good.
Pain is good. Really? It doesn’t feel good. In fact, in the middle of pain, it feels awful.
Feelings do not change the fact that often it is necessary to go through pain to birth something new in our hearts and in our lives. It comforts me to know that these hard things in life are addressed in God’s Word. I am not alone . We are all in process.
In the pages of Scripture, I find meaning to things that would otherwise pull me under. Things like the labor pains of life.
The Disciples were in grief when Jesus was telling them he would be leaving them, but he likened it to the pain of childbirth, with the promise of future joy.
” A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born in to the world.” John 16:21
What is it in your life today , in the meantime, that is painfully hard? Could it be that this time of pain and suffering is producing something, birthing something within the deepest part of you? As I look over the faithfulness of God in my own life I have had many times of pain. Rejections, betrayal, divorce, sickness, family difficulties…In the middle of each and every pain, it seemed that I should just lose hope. My feelings were high on discouragement. In the end, each time, in God’s faithfulness the pain was giving birth to something good.
Our feelings are just indicators of what our prayer list should include at any given time. What is the thing that you are thinking about, worried about, in pain about? That is the very thing you are to pray about. As many times a day as it comes to mind, throw it over onto the Lord, in prayer.
Whispers, sentences, real talk, tears. Prayer is not eloquent or wordy. Prayer is a call for help, an acknowledgement of our need of God’s intervention, and a statement of who we are putting our trust in. Throw the problems overboard!
“Casting all your cares upon Him because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
“God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:10-11
Many times during the day, when in a tough place, I pray the words of King Jehosophat:
“I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on you” 2 Chronicles 20
Praying that God leads us to LOOK UP in our pain.
Joy is coming,