I had ONE more day of school left. There were 10 days left until my due date. After that last day of school I would …
- paint the crib
- wash the baby clothes given as gifts
- decorate the baby’s room
- pack my bag for the hospital
- clean house so that all was ready for my return with the new baby
My water broke that night and I delivered our first-born – Benjamin Baruch Woody – on June 9th – the last day of school.
I was NOT ready. The “stuff” was NOT ready.
Benjamin was ready – God was ready.
Our pastor touched on this very issue Sunday during the sermon. We make plans and prepare according to those plans. Yet we are often surprised by the timing of events and the way things happen. God is NOT surprised.
I was SURE I would have 10 days to prepare for the birth of our first child after I finished that year of teaching.
Thankfully my mother was already here and was able to deliver the report cards to my kindergarten students at Almond School. She and Phil got everything else ready the two days I was in the hospital.
This is such a clear picture of how we often view our lives. We make plans and then difficulties in life happen. Those trials can turn our world upside down. Situations occur that we have NO plans for like;
- a house burning down
- the death of a loved one
- cancer of other illness
- an accident
God is not surprised by any of these situations – these situations are opportunities for God to demonstrate His faithfulness and great love for us.
Demonstrate His love? By the death of a loved one?
God wants us to be ready to face all of life that comes our way. We do that by being ready to trust God no matter what happens. Just as in natural birth, a baby comes when it is ready, we must be ready to respond in faith to the circumstances of our lives.
Is that easy? No. Birth is not easy either, but the end result is WORTH the pain and suffering. So is trusting God. In John 16 Jesus is preparing His disciples for the time when He will leave them. Jesus says –
“21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
Jesus goes on to say –
31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 “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.”
Jesus’s disciples were about to watch Him be beaten and crucified. Their world would be shattered!
But Jesus reminds them that He has overcome the world – take heart! He is saying that same thing to you and me.
Are we ready?