But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait or it patiently….(Romans 8:25)
I remember the days leading up to my daughter’s birth. Being first time parents, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Our daughter, in true Quiroz fashion, arrive 4 days after her due date. I labored as long as I could at home, which means that for about a day and a half, we just waited. Went for walks, took a quick trip to Lowe’s, and sat around, just waiting. Obviously, we knew something big was coming, but the time it took to come just drug on for what seemed like some of the longest hours of my life.
Of course, when our daughter arrived our whole lives changed in an instant. Something sprang to life in our hearts, a deep commitment to love, cherish and care for our child. We have made many sacrifices of our personal time since that day to make sure she has what she needs.
Friend, I know that you’re waiting for God to do something. I am as well. You’re waiting for those birth pains to stop so that the beautiful thing you’re waiting for might be placed in your arms.
I’m telling you, during our child’s birth, those birth pains we so real and so very intense, but a dear friend of mine shared some encouraging words that strengthened me to move forward with a natural birth. I avoided taking any drugs that would mask the pain. I’m thankful for that. It’s not for everyone and that’s fine. I just knew that the pain wouldn’t last forever and that I was willing to endure it because of the good thing that would be produced from it.
Look, I get it, trust me, I do. I know what you’re walking through is painful and if you’re being honest, you’d really just like to mask the pain somehow so that you can get onto the blessing. But friend, the pain is part of the process. The pain guts out wrong beliefs and behaviors. It often gets us to the end of ourselves. It changes us to make us a people of greater compassion.
I think what I’ve learned about painful experiences that just don’t seem to go away is that we must learn to accept them and believe that God will do good things through them. I get myself in trouble whenever I try to take a mental escape from them or daydream what my life would be like without them.
Somehow, by God’s grace, what we must learn to do is become greater equipped through them. Did you hear that? These challenging circumstances have not been sent for your undoing but for your equipping. Which means that sometimes we must let go of the life we thought we would have to embrace the journey God now has for us to live out for Him.
Which means, we must learn to wait patiently with Him. Believing that these birth pains are producing new life in us for His glory, in Jesus name.
Sovereign Lord, whom have I in heaven but you? Earth has nothing that I desire besides you. Forgive me when I try to mask the pain by taking a mental escape. By the power of your Spirit I say thank you for this journey, in Jesus name, Amen.