I have a couple friends who are pregnant, due within the next couple of months. One is expecting her first child, the other friend, her sixth child. Each one of these moms are anticipating their delivery date so they will finally meet the little person they have been carrying for so long.
I have already mentioned that we have pregnant goats as well. We are looking forward to see the kids and watching them grow on our farm. The anticipation for these goats does carry a hint of concern for me. When a person is pregnant we can see ultrasound pictures, hear the heartbeat, feel the baby kick, etc. With our goats, they are sensitive about being touched and their bellies often give a false impression of being very full from grazing.
Either way, waiting for these deliveries can be taxing on our spirits. But what about those who are waiting for delivery of another kind? How are they feeling, as they wait to be released from the weight of their burdens? I have friends who are going to the doctor for follow up visits. Some to have their heart checked out again. Some who have lumps which need to be checked for probable cancer cells. Others are watching their children recovery from surgery to release pressure on their brains.
So many of us are watching the horizon, waiting for deliverance from the battles they are facing. It could be financial battles, trying to stretch money until it’s paper thin and transparent. Maybe the battle you are striving to win is in your marriage. You and your spouse are scraping to get beyond the problems and the pain to the joy you once felt. Or your battlefield is littered with broken relationships and you are trying to get healing from the hurts your heart has received.
Whatever the situation you are facing, there is a delivery schedule. There will be a date on the calendar when it is finally over. The question comes – what will you have had to endure to reach that point? Will it cost you sleep? The ability to eat? Will it cost you friendships? Your schedule to drastically be adjusted? Will it cost you everything? Will it cost you your faith?
Dear Ones, the deliveries we seek will come, but on God’s time table, not ours. God is not looking to make things good and wonderful for us right now. Right now is too temporal. He is preparing us, growing us, stretching us to have deeper roots and stronger branches so that we can mature in His goodness, His perfect timing. His love and mercies. There is no doubt we will be tired when it’s over. We will want to flop over and sleep for days. We will have new bruises, new scars, new stories of how He never left our side.
When we say yes to God and the faith journey He created for us, we also say yes to the hard things. We say yes to losing things and people we thought were crucial to our very life, only to find out, God is who is crucial. We learn with each time of waiting for delivery that we are stronger in our faith, we are stronger because He is stronger. We can wait because He is waiting with us, teaching us to listen and to learn to understand more of His character and His eternal plan.
The waiting is long, difficult, and can even be overwhelming at times. But Precious One, do not doubt for one minute that it isn’t worthwhile. You will never be the same when the battle is over, with God at your side, you will be victorious. It just may look like a victory you never pictured.
Stand strong, kneel and pray. He is enough.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).