Birth Before the Due Date
It all begins with a single sperm seed and a woman is conceived with something that isn’t even the size of a peanut. But this “peanut” is to become a human being filled with emotions, a purpose, a dynamic personality. This “peanut” will one day become a father, an author, a speaker, a king, a prime minister, a business mogul. However, before this “peanut” can become all of these things and begin to impact the world around him he is to firstly endure a period of growth and learning. This period I call transformation.
During this stage our “peanut” begins to grow and starts to look like a person. He begins to have hands, feet, the brain starts to function, the body truly becomes that of a real person. Following the transformation period our peanut which is now a fully matured looking baby will still spend time in its mothers belly to simply get accustomed to its surroundings and learn to use all of the things that he has now developed such as kicking his new feet, poking with his new fingers etc. Following the transformation period is the Birth.
Once the time to push arrives there is no denying that it is time. As far as im aware no woman has ever given birth naturally without feeling any level of pain whatsoever. What was once a peanut now becomes a real life human being wanting to fight its way out.
I believe that this birthing process is the same way that God works with us. This peanut is an idea, a relationship, a promise, a future, a whatever it is that God has deposited into your heart. However, we must wait before this peanut can become exactly what God has called it to be and not give birth to a cheap or tacky version of it.
Any woman’s worst nightmare is going into labour months before her due date. She is aware that early labour is a sign of something being severely wrong. Any dream or promise birthed before Gods time is an increased danger of giving birth to a dead baby, a disabled baby or baby that will struggle and be required to fight for life. All of this causing severe pain and heartache for the mother. We are all carriers of dreams, desires and promises of what Abba has given us, but we must ensure not to push too soon. We all have a tendency to run ahead and deliver something because he has given it to us NOW so we believe it is for NOW. However, God blesses a woman with a baby in January yet the baby is a gift for September. He plants the seed but we must wait for him to nourish what he has planted in us before we begin to push.
Well When do I push?
Alot of people fear missing out on Gods plan for them, or the one i hear often “missing out on what god is doing NOW!” Well God does not slumber nor sleep so rest assured hes always doing something. Clearly! God will never leave you behind if your heart is right before him and your desires towards him are pure. We must also be careful not to allow ourselves to be manipulated by others with talks of “missing out” or even allow ourselves to scare ourselves into thoughts of “missing out” that we begin to push before our due date causing ourselves to run ahead of God. I would so rather miss out completely because i was waiting on Him than to run ahead of God and not only miss out on what he was doing but miss HIM completely. And we so have it easy! When a woman’s time has come to push she sure as heck knows its time to push. No one has to tell her that...she’ll know!
But aside of the “when to push” alot of us also worry about “well I if leave it, if I let go of the dream, the promise, the “whatever” it may be, and trust that God will birth it when its time how do I know God hasn’t forgotten?”. Or worse still, “if I don’t DO anything then nothing will happen so ill have nothing to birth anyway.” Not true.
Learning to Mind your own Business
During her pregnancy a woman cannot see what is going on inside her belly, she couldn’t see when the sperm and the egg met and she sure cant see when the eyes are growing, the fingers are growing or the brain is forming. Its the one time when we are totally out of control of what is happening with our own bodies. But she always trusts that something is happening. Why? Because she is growing!...the growth happening in her is a testimony to the fact that what she is birthed with is being taken care of and is growing bigger and bigger each day. All she needs to do to focus on giving birth to a healthy baby is to eat right and take care of herself! If she fails to take care of herself she puts her baby in danger. You need not focus on the “thing” that you carry! Focus on you and your personal relationship with him and the thing that you carry will automatically be taken care of. When you make a close and intimate relationship with God your business he makes your business his business.
We all spend so much time worrying about when things will happen. When will that promise come to pass and when will this “thing” happen that we almost force and encourage ourselves into an early labour. We push and continue to push something that is not yet ready to be birthed....when we push some more we then go to pray some more or fast some more or pray some more again and then cry some more and some more again and say “God but you promised me”.....We fail to see that God isn’t denying that he promised it...hes simply saying “not now”. Sometimes we are ok with hearing the not now and wait, but the danger comes with the times when we continue to push and hold a determination to give birth to it anyway. Its no surprise we end up in scarring relationships, with failed businesses, struggling friendships, mindsets, and the like. Anything birthed before Gods time will always cause pain, distress, strive, confusion and heartache. Instead of worrying about why and how long we should wait for, lets enjoy the pregnancy stage of our lives and worry more about the great danger that comes with going into an early labour. And remember your due date is never the same as anyone else’s, your friends due date could be years before yours, years after yours or a world apart from yours. Run your own race....and learn to wait.
“Those that wait upon on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint”....Isaiah 40:31