When expecting our first child, I had this thing about going to the hospital in false labor. I’d heard of this and just didn’t want to be told to go home and wait even more. So we timed the aches all night. After daylight we decided that with that back ache coming and going every five minutes we ought to drive over to the hospital. The back ache was by now labor. And by labor I mean it was hurting. You gals know what I mean. I so remember saying to my mom, “I don’t want to do this!” This was about when I found Danny’s hand and he and I began to work together just us two. It wasn’t long till we had a beautiful baby girl. Suddenly the pain and discomfort was worth it. In the end we received a gift that is still one of our most precious ever.
When God wants to birth something new in us, it can be painful. We may see the early signs of that labor – a friendship ceases or a ministry begins to shift. It’s early labor though, so it isn’t so bad. Before long though we are in the full pains of the birthing process. We cannot understand why things have changed so. We say to the Lord, “I don’t want to do this!” Friends and loved ones want to hold our hand and that helps for a while, but eventually, when it gets very hard, we just want Abba Father. We eagerly grab for His hand and realize that He’s feeling every pain that we do. This birthing of a new thing can be pretty awful and it can get very lonely. Just us and the Father in this process together. No one else will do. It’s pretty common not to realize what’s happening until the birth is done and we experience this new life of faith and ministry.
Oh beloved, you may be right in the middle of the pain of a life change. Most of the time people won’t even understand what’s happening. You might not either at first. God has a plan and it is outrageous! But He has to get you alone with Him. Down for the nitty gritty, He lovingly puts you in the labor bed and begins the work to the new. Don’t struggle against it, just let it go. Don’t try to hold onto hands that formerly had strength for you. God is getting you to a new place with Him. Sure it’s hard, leaving people, places and things behind. But what God is going to do with you is oh so worth it. Your life is in His hands. The valley of the shadow of death is just the birthing room to His perfect will for you. Eventually those situations that were jerked from you and that have taken your breath away in agony will become a new fresh anointing and position for God’s best. Rejoice in the dying because that’s where new life comes from.
God loves you and He’s for you! Hold onto His hand and don’t let go. You don’t really want to get out of the process because you’re going to know Him better than ever and you’re going to have a reason to live like never before. What felt like denial is going to shine the glory of Christ the Savior over your heart and mind and soul. Life will not always be in the labor room, but when God sends you there, it is oh so worth it! Rejoice in His choice of your life and let Him do whatever He wants. All will be well as God takes you where you’ve never been to achieve His will in your life as you live in the Light of His glory and grace!
Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him. AMP
Isaiah 26:3 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. AMP
Isaiah 26:17 As a woman with child drawing near the time of her delivery is in pain and writhes and cries out in her pangs, so we have been before You (at Your presence), O Lord.
Acts 2:25 “For David says of Him, ‘I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.’
I Timothy 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me trustworthy, appointing me to His service. NIV