I’m joining Kate Motaung on her Five Minute Friday link up, where we write for five minutes on the word of the week. Today’s word is BIRTH.
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 NKJV
Have you ever considered how traumatic birth is?
Contractions propel that little innocent child from the comfort, warmth and nourishment of his mother’s womb into a cold, sterile environment with harsh lights and lots of people scurrying around with syringes, tubes, needles etc.
I mean really, birth catapults an infant abruptly into the reality of “life”.
The poor child holds his breathe until someone smacks his bottom and forces him to cry thereby breathing his first breathe of polluted air.
Unbeknowst to him, that roller coaster ride into this realm, the smack on the bottom and the needle pricks are just the beginning of trouble.
“Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.”
The brother of Jesus talked about it in his book where he basically said, it only takes a few days before trouble starts and your life is gonna be full of it.
As my grandmother used to say, “If you haven’t suffered yet, just keep on living.”
Lest I end this blog without giving your hope. Look at what Jesus said about trouble.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
From the moment we enter this world we experience trouble, we suffer. Life is rough. Sometimes unbearable. Yet, in our most intolerable seasons, we can hold on to an absolute. Jesus has defeated the world. The whole of the physical Universe has been conquered by our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Because of him I too am an overcomer.
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37Romans 8:37
We can fight on.
We are not defeated!
Lift up your head. Wipe your eyes. Stand firm in the truth that whatever battles we encounter today, that babe that was born in Bethlehem and lain in a manger has already determined the outcome.