My cousin once told me she didn't want to tell me about the delivery of her baby boy because it would make me not want children. I wonder if that is true? Judging from what I see…
1) For those that are having a baby for the first time, they just jump into what seems natural and good and don't always think of the inevitable hard part.
2) People have more than one baby…so somehow they get over it and do it again.
Either way people aren't thinking of the painful part. They go with what is natural and for the joy that is after the labor. What is your labor pain right now? Maybe you aren't at that point yet and won't take the chance because you believing a lie that someone told you – the pain is not worth the joy. I think sometimes I miss out on blessings that God has for me because I am just thinking of the labor I either experienced or heard about. Sometimes we do that when we dwell on the past. But, God says for us to renew our minds and dwell on what is good. Do you think that God doesn't see it or have a plan for it to end?
‘”Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the Lord. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” Says your God.' Is 66:9
Here's what I know from what I've heard from labor. Sometimes you aren't sure that is what it is, sometimes it comes when you don't expect it, you have no idea how long it is going to last, when you are in it you think it's never going to end, you get tired, you sometimes take out your frustration on the ones you love and it's best if you go through it with some help.
God doesn't ever leave us in labor. He promises that it will end at some point! We are tempted to give up when we are in labor saying I can't do it anymore because that is all we can see. We have to keep our eyes fixed on the author and perfecter of our faith – Christ. If we press into Jesus in the season of labor pain we will find His grace is more than sufficient.
I have to remind myself to “push” through it (no pun intended) because God has a purpose for the labor. I can't give up and I can't go back … When it's done, we will see that God's timing is always perfect and rejoice!
But, as my dear friend said to me today … labor stinks.
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