For the past five or six weeks I have had trouble sleeping all the way through the night. Even more recently, I have been waking up every few hours and often have trouble getting back to sleep. Now... this has everything to do with the fact that tomorrow night I will be setting off to the hospital to be induced! My husband and I are hoping to meet our first child on Thursday at some point, God willing! (In fact, as you read this, I may be in labor or I may have already had our daughter, Madelynn Claire Moffett!)
In the last month of this third trimester I have come to the staggering realization that I feel SO unprepared! As my husband, Eric, and I talk about our birth plan and other parental responsibilities regarding the hospital, we often reassure ourselves that people have been becoming parents for a really long time... you know... since the beginning of time! If they could do it, we can too! We have a good laugh and then dig right back into our books and 'how-to' blogs and websites.
As we prepare for this new adventure, I am reminded of God's faithfulness to carry me through it. Period. If I trust in the outcome of situations and circumstances, I am not trusting in the One who created me for His purposes and His glory. I am reminded and encouraged by the passage in Romans 8:18-28 which says:
"18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to son-ship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
From the expectation of God revealing more of His plans, to the intercession of the Holy Spirit on our behalf, and then the reassurance we have been called according to His purpose... the peace that overwhelms me is incomparable to the lack of preparation I feel sometimes when thinking about becoming a mother.
Our God is faithful! AMEN!
He has something new for us to discover each day
that we lay ourselves before His throne.
He is faithful even when WE are not.
Allow God to reveal Himself to you, today.
(He's Always Been Faithful - by Sara Groves)