Have you experienced giving birth to a child? What does it feel like? Did you have a normal delivery or a C- section?
I have not yet experienced giving birth to a child in the natural world but I believe that I am in a labor stage in the spiritual as of this moment that you are reading my blog.
John 16:21 “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 into the world.” This verse became so alive in my life these past few months.
BIRTH PANGS #1
Sometime in December of 2020, I was barely a month old in the ministry, my health has been compromised. I got all sorts of allergies, asthma and panic attacks simultaneously. Many times I had difficulty in breathing, (thank God it was not COVID ) and chronic pain on my neck and shoulders. I was in discomfort almost everyday that I was advised to take a break and spend time with God. It was not easy for me to literally do nothing and hibernate for some time because I was used to long hours of work back when I was still employed in universities. Nevertheless to end my worries about my health, I went to the doctor for medications. But lo and behold, I was perfectly normal, the doctor even said that I don’t have Asthma. However, what I was feeling is the result of too much stress! During my hiatus season, I was able to find myself on the right track once more. I have realized that I fell in love with the calling more than the One who called me. That was why God did some fine tuning and realignment of my mind and my heart.
BIRTH PANGS #2
However, just when I thought that the storm was over, another typhoon hit me and my family. This time it was signal number 3!!! It was in the form of losing a loved one. My dad went home to the Lord just a day after New year. The pain was unbearable but God’s grace carried me through. I was greatly comforted when I had a vision of me and my family under the strong typhoon while Jesus was covering us. I heard Him saying in the Spirit that “ my daughter.. this too shall pass. I am here while you're going through this.
“Psalm 27:5 During danger he will keep me safe in His shelter. He will hide me in his Holy Tent, or he will keep me safe on a high mountain.”
The beauty of walking with the Lord lies in the truth that we don’t know what the future brings but we know who is waiting for us in our future. I would be completely honest that the next birth pangs scares me. But I know that Abba Father will be sending spiritual midwives to help me deliver God’s promises and purposes in my life. All this pain is a way of positioning me to give birth to something beautiful.