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Yesterday I visited a new community hospital especially designed for pregnant women. The lovely facility featured beautiful architecture, helpful caregivers and the latest technology. As my friend and I met to eat lunch, we were surrounded by lots of women who were coming to deliver their babies, or families in waiting rooms or visiting new moms. I started to remember my own two mornings of traveling to a hospital, anxious and eager to hold our baby. 

Pregnancy can be an awesome time of personal growth—girth, spirit, and emotions! The anticipation of a new life is unlike any other. And no matter whatever else is going on in the world, waiting for your own baby seems like all the presents of all the celebrations wrapped up into one huge gift. Parties, baby gifts, a new nursery, and considering names, are all part of the event.

All is not sweetness and light in the waiting however. Physical discomfort plagues some women in the beginning, with nausea and reactions to food smells and tastes. For a few, the resulting dehydration and complications can even place them on bed rest. As the months pass, and body parts swell, waiting seems to take an eternity. During the last few months it becomes difficult to move, sleep, dress, breath or eat comfortably. An active baby can leave one feeling like an incubator for a warrior. Then there are the practice contractions that sometimes fool new parents into premature flight to the hospital. It is all very tiring. A mother may long to have her body “returned” to the rightful owner, with the sneaking suspicion that nothing will ever be the same again.

If a mother is in relationship with God while she waits, she is also aware that pregnancy can be a time of spiritual higher education. The process of Creation, dependency, and New Life, becomes ever more real. You start to appreciate a powerful sisterhood, not just with all mothers, but with those especially chosen—Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Mary.

Selected by God

As Christians of the New Covenant, we have been especially selected to bear Life for God. I am waiting to deliver the whole time I live on this earth! People 50, 60, 70, 80 or 90 years old-- they are pregnant with purpose. I may feel distressed at the turmoil in the world around me, confused and sometimes scared, but something precious is growing within me.

Today, as I read Romans 8, I was reminded of the waiting we all experience: “The spirit of God is arousing us within. We are also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, or course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy” (Romans. 8:23-25).

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By Karen Spruill, M.A. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE ®.

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