Well, the big day is quickly approaching—as in I could give birth any day now. In fact, by the time you are reading this, there is a high probability that our family of two is most likely a family of three! (It is so crazy to imagine!)
By the grace of God, I have thoroughly enjoyed my pregnancy with very little issues. It feels like yesterday I had just found out that I was expecting, and here I am typing away as my abdomen is as large and tight as a watermelon. However, my little one is still managing to kick and punch her way in that very encroaching space as she continues to grow.
I have mentioned before in a previous post that I have no control over this new life. I am very much a passive vessel in this situation, and God is the one doing all the “knitting and sewing”. Today, I was very much reminded of how true this is!
I come from a huge family with 20+ cousins who are more like siblings than anything else. One of my cousins has been texting me almost daily for the past few days asking, “Is she coming today?” I in turn would always reply, “No, not yet.” When I saw this specific cousin at church today, she asked me some great questions. “How does the baby know to be in the right position? How does the body know it’s time for the baby to come out?”
I genuinely did not know the answers because I too have wondered the same as well. Even the books that I read to prepare for the baby do not have the answers to these questions. However, being a believer in Christ, I do have the edge of knowing who DOES know. God!
As thou knowest not what is the way of the Spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. | Ecclesiastes 11:5
I will give you the answer that I gave my cousin. I think every aspect of the pregnancy and delivery of a child is a miracle and can only be explained by God’s intervention and guidance at every single step of the way.
I remember when I was learning about obstetrics in PA school, and I was shocked by how much could actually go wrong during a pregnancy, deliver, and even post-partum! Despite all of our medical advances this day and age, we still have a significant mortality rate for mothers. My intent is not to frighten anyone about pregnancy, but I do not think that we fully comprehend how quickly things can become catastrophic anywhere along that 40+ week process and post-partum period.
I cannot stress to you how it is TRULY a miracle when you have a healthy mother and baby at the end of the entire process.
It is only by His grace and mercy that we are not consumed by ALL of the things that are actually outside of our power. No matter the situation, this is my takeaway message to you:
We are in reality helpless beings in need of the care and intervention of a Loving Father who is all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, and all-loving.
God wants us to seek Him, and He promises to be faithful every step of the way! May we never forget or take this for granted.