I was worried about the daunting experience I was about to go through as a first time Mum in the lead up to labour. You have no reference for what you are about to go through. All you know is it’s tough. And painful. Perhaps the worst pain you’ll ever have to endure in life. You also know it can be long. Days long. Yet in my uncertainty, God was there. We serve the great I AM – He was, and is, and always will be. He knows what’s ahead and can bring us comfort. He goes ahead and prepares the way.
Today I want to share two verses that God gave to me from His Word to get me through labour. I hope that this testimony will serve as an encouragement to you that God knows what you are going through, and what you are about to go through. Nothing is a surprise for Him! Whatever your circumstances, let His Word and His Spirit be your comfort, guide and hope.
God first gave me a verse to focus on in the lead up to labour. It was a reminder that a cost had to be paid, but the reward awaited me:
When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. (John 16:21).
Jesus couldn’t have chosen a better illustration to give his disciples regarding his coming death and resurrection. The agony of labour was the most intense physical pain I’m likely to experience in my life, yet it is only an intellectual memory now; the pain is forgotten for the joy that came with my baby’s life.
God also gave me another verse to get through labour:
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30:5b)
Again, how true this proved. I had to count the cost to receive the reward. I had to go through birthing pains to receive our beautiful boy. I know it isn’t the same for every woman, but, for me, the moment I saw my son appear all the pain was forgotten. I knew I would have gone through ten times as much to see his perfect little self come into the world.
Psalm 30:5b has gotten me through many a tough season. I pray that it will help you to lean on Him, too. Put your trust in Him and look forward to each new morning.