weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. -Psalm 30:5
I feel like we are always in a waiting season. Big or small we’re waiting for something.. But today I want to talk about the BIG things we’re waiting for.. The things that fill us with excitement that makes us want to burst into tears with the thought of it taking place. The things that grieve our hearts when we feel as though it’s not happening soon enough. The thing that has made us feel both hopeful and hopeless and the thing that has caused us to hope in God like never before..
I want to talk about those hopes, those dreams and those promises.
Right now I am 30 weeks pregnant with our third little girl.. And I’m reminded how pregnancy can so often be like waiting for a promise, a hope, a dream that you’re depending on God for.
It’s transition after transition. It’s awkward. And most times it’s very uncomfortable. But you wait. You wait with hope. You dream. You dream with anticipation. And before you know it you’re in labor. You’re crying. You wonder if the pain will ever be over and you feel as though you might die.
You weep because the pain is just too much to bare. And before you know it it’s here and you finally know why you went through this pregnancy and you’d do it again in a second to experience the love and pure joy that you are experiencing that very moment. When the testing is over and the morning has come.
It’s amazing isn’t it? How seven pounds and twelve ounces can change your life? How seeing that beautiful little baby and holding them in your arms that was once empty makes all those sleepless nights, discomfort, tears, mood swings, nonstop nausea and all those times you couldn’t even keep a cracker down worth it.
Mama, carrying a baby is a lot like carrying a purpose, a promise a dream. It’s not easy. It’s painful and a lot of the times we feel sick to our stomachs.
At times the load feels too heavy to carry and sometimes we can’t even see where we are going anymore thanks to the fact that we no longer can see our feet.
However, It’s during that time when we think to ourselves that we just can’t make it. When the enemy tries to feed us lies telling us “All this hard work is for nothing” And “All this will end out badly with disappointment and broken hearts” And it’s when we think that we can no longer do this, that we realize we can. Because in Him we can endure all things.
We live to fight another day, another month and months after that. God guides the way. Giving us His rest, His comfort and His strength. Our days turn into weeks.. Weeks turn into months… and before you know it our purpose grows and our labor produces harvest.
And finally we’re holding that blessing. That promise. And we’re finding that it was all very worth it!
I know quite a bit of you who are pregnant now and I know some of you who are struggling with conceiving.
Maybe some of you are in the waiting process of adoption or having a hard time having joy in a circumstance or living situation.
Maybe you’re waiting for God to give back what the enemy has stolen from you and the burden and weight is at times too much to deal with.
Or maybe you’re like my husband and I waiting for God to open the doors for the opportunity to be in ministry full time or your waiting for God to say “now” when He whispers “wait”
Maybe you’re a big dreamer like me and you want to be at point Z when you’re still at point C.
This is what I want to say to your heart along with mine. HE IS THERE.
He is there in the waiting. He’s there in the pain.
He’s there in the tears and even in the tantrums. I think so many of us become uncomfortable with waiting because we think God isn’t waiting with us. We often think we’ll experience God when we reach the finish line, holding out metals. But no. He’s running along side with us, wiping our tears, picking us back up when we fall and in those moments when we feel the burden. the pain. the agony of feeling as though we can’t take another step. He picks us up and says “let me carry you the rest of the way”
It’s not going to be easy. When you’re running for the kingdom things that the world would find impossible. The process of getting there is never a walk in the park. But it takes hard work and sometimes the hardest thing to do is wait. To Be still and Know that He is God.
You’re going to have days when you’re done and you don’t want to go any further and you just want to give up and stay in bed.. But you can’t. You have fight for that blessing. You can do this because God has given you what it takes to do so. He has given you Himself and All He is.
So on days when you don’t feel like you can take the pain of pregnancy, life, waiting and promises that don’t feel fulfilled. Practice confidence. Practice boldness and hold out your arms. They might feel empty today but later in God’s perfect timing the seed you have sown today in your hard labor will bare much fruit and God’s gonna hand you the blessing and babe, It’s gonna rock your universe!