The Birthing Process

Childbirth is so painful, there is no denying that. It starts with cramps that are light and barely felt to sharp piercing excruciating contractions that feel like someone is ripping your but apart. And, for those of you who do not know what contractions are, it is the shortening of the uterine muscles that occurs before and during childbirth (aka ‘labor pains’). How long these labor pains last vary from woman to woman and hold on, this is only the first stage of the birthing process.

This first stage within itself has a couple of stages (birthing someone is hard work and painful).  First, there is early labor where the woman’s cervix is gradually thinning out and dilating.  Second, there is active labor. In this stage, the cervix is dilating (expanding, opening up, widening) more rapidly. On top of that, those labor pains are longer, stronger, and coming more frequently.

Now, the second stage in the birthing process is when a woman is fully dilated – it is time to push! This stage can last minutes, hours, or days for some women; but the end result is prayerfully the birth of her healthy child.  The final stage (the third stage) begins immediately after the birth of the child and ends with the delivery of the placenta. Wow, is not the birthing process miraculous?

Using this analogy, we can take some great teaching moments about the necessary steps that have to be taken when we are travailing to produce and bring forth that which is within us – waiting to be born.  So, now you are pregnant. Something has been growing inside of you that you cannot deny. It is kicking, stirring, turning, stretching – trying to release itself, but there are so many barriers. What to do?

Paul encouraged the church at Philippi being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. God is in charge of the process. Sometimes, we just are not ready. You cannot circumvent the process. We don’t want humble beginnings – we want to go from zero to a zillion in 2.5 seconds. But giving birth to a vision, ministry, career, business is similar to the natural birthing process.  Don’t get discouraged if it is taking longer for you, or if things are not going the way you expected (as swiftly as you expected). Remember, the birthing process varies for each individual.

Don’t get all bent out of shape and come unraveled. Just keep pushing, just keep working, just keep waiting – be patient and available! You never know when the Lord is going to widen your territory and broaden your horizon! Dilation is in your future! After that baby is born – Oh yea, what a relief it is! Who knows you may be carrying twins, triplets, quadruplets! Painful Preparations for Pleasant Pleasantries!

Here I AM Lord!

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“The Birthing Process.” — Yvonne James |


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