A mother to be spends ample time preparing for the day that she will bring life into this world. One of the major preparation points involves selecting the place of birth. Will it be in the birthing room at a nearby hospital or an at home water birth? Or will it be at one of those "fancy" speciality centers?
Though this arrangement is made, there's still one fact that remains. "You can't decide where you give birth." When the baby has decided it's time to exit the birth canal, that is the time at which birthing happens. It won't wait for the most perfect or pristine conditions, despite how much preparation is made.
Can I pose this theory? I believe the same thing happens in regards to birthing our spiritual promises in the physical. Though we may have spent months imagining how or where those things will come forth, God will cause them to come in the most unexpected manner. You can anticipate it, but you can't decide exactly when it arrives.
This is why we must continue to remain focused on the promise giver and not necessarily the promise. Because if we aren't careful, we will cause unnecessary disappointments and frustrations that will keep us from adequately preparing for the promises' arrival.
You can give birth in your car, at the church, at the nail salon or even at the lowest point of your life. It won't always be the prettiest surroundings, but the fulfillment of a promise will quickly make you forget all the toiling and sacrifice it took to get there.
So instead of worrying about the when, just make sure you are prepared to receive your promise when it comes forth!
“A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”
John 16:21 NKJV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
In the past, what has the birthing process looked like for you? What were your "symptoms"? Did you struggle with doubt or fear? What was the timing between the initial symptoms and the birthing? Did the timing matter when the promise arrived?