Friday, 05 February 2021
“When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.” – John 16:21 ESV
I remember when my wife and I were expecting for the first time, it was an unforgettable experience. The minute we found out, all we could think about was how we were gonna raise this person that we have been entrusted with. We were so excited about this journey that we were about to embark on. At no point in the pregnancy did we even doubt the outcome of the whole process. Both of us being medics know so many things that other couples experience during this time but it never dawned on us that something could go wrong. When we went for our scheduled gynae visits we always expected positive feedback. Even when they told us that the baby is distressed and needed an urgent caesar [caesarean section], we still expected a positive outcome. Our faith and hope weren’t influenced by the report of the gynae, we were steadfast and unwavering in our resolve.
In the above scripture, we are told about an expectant mother who endures the pain of labor because of what the outcome will be. With every pain and contraction, she reminds herself of the prize at the end. Every bad report or painful contraction does not shift her focus or determination. She has faith that her time of joy is imminent and that these pains will not rob her of her prize and will not steal her joy. The promises of God, in a way, are similar to an expectant mother. From the inception of the promise to its eventual delivery, we wait patiently in expectation. During the pregnancy, storms will come to try to steal our joy and distract us from what we ought to be concentrating on. Like an expectant mother, we have to endure each painful contraction because we know what we are carrying. As the final stage of labor approaches, the contractions (storms) increase in intensity and frequency. At the peak of the contractions, we then give it our all, we push with every ounce of strength that is left in us. At no point do we retreat or surrender. Battered and bruised we push with all our might and then suddenly the promise is delivered. “It’s a boy”, the midwife screams with joy because she has witnessed the fulfillment of a promise. We all forget the screaming and yelling that we have endured and we all marvel and celebrate a new birth.
When we are expectant our attitude and focus are very crucial and in most instances will determine if we will receive our prize or not. Because we know that He, who has promised, is faithful, we wait in expectation because we know that we will receive our prize. Our faith compels us to hold on even when our surroundings are trying to discourage us. We are a people of faith not because of what we have heard, but because of what we know and have seen. We speak and confess what we know and what we have experienced. We have a faith that expects a good outcome irrespective of what the world or society says about our situation. When it gets hard and challenging all we can do is Push ( Pray Until Something Happens) because our GOD is faithful.
When we are expectant our attitude and focus are very crucial and in most instances will determine if we will receive our prize or not.