Thursday, February 22, 2018

Birth Pains

*Reposted From 11/10/2017*

I have been thinking today about how long the "beginning stages of labor" actually can take. I remember with Jaedyn, I was in the first stages of labor for two weeks and with Ben, it was three weeks. Technically I wasn't in full on labor but I was still experiencing contractions and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with giving birth... or birth pains. This time around, I am not sure how much longer I am going to go. I was sure I wasn't going to make it to this morning and yet here I am sitting here after dinner and still waiting for true labor to kick in.

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places." 
Matthew 24:4-8

All these are the beginning of birth pains.

I am sure most of us saw people posting on their social media accounts about how Jesus MUST be coming back soon with all the signs-- the hurricanes, the issues with North Korea, all the recent shootings, etc.... I'm not saying he's not, but considering how long it takes to physically go into hard labor, don't be surprised if he doesn't come back tomorrow, next week, next year or even in this decade. "These are the beginning of birth pains". These are the equivalent of Braxton Hicks contractions (prodromal labor or practice contractions, or false labor, are sporadic uterine contractions that sometimes start around six weeks into a pregnancy. However, they are not usually felt until the second trimester or third trimester of pregnancy). Braxton Hicks contractions go through pretty much the WHOLE PREGNANCY. 

Jesus wasn't saying "These are the signs for WHEN I am coming back" he was saying "These are the signs that I AM coming back--- but even the son of man knows neither the day nor the hour... just be ready."

Folks, it's time to start nesting! For those who don't know what nesting is, it's when a woman who is pregnant begins to feel the urge to clean, organize, and prepare for the baby's arrival. We don't know when Jesus is going to make his appearance. We don't know what part of real labor is going to even occur first... we just know eventually labor is going to kick in and we need to be ready for the arrival of the Messiah! 

So expectant Christians let's get ready!

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