“Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning!”
Psalm 30:5 NIV
As some of you girls already know, I am expecting baby number five . . . and so far I feel like I have been smacked down with a stomach bug from another planet. When that little line turned pink I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to see how soon I’d show and I sat around thinking about how small the baby’s fingers and toes would be. Yet, somehow I forgot what it actually FEELS like to be pregnant.
When you’re nine weeks pregnant you want to know who invented food – and why on earth for – and why God invented smells of any kind. But you know it’s really funny . . . until I found myself hugging the toilet several times a day, forgetting to wash my hair for four days in a row and sleeping in the same sweatshirt for two weeks, I had totally forgotten just how bad this morning sickness business really is. But even still, it is totally amazing how 6 pounds and 7 ounces can change your life and how seeing that little face for the first time makes all the times you couldn’t even keep a cheerio down worth it.
It’s not always easy. It hurts. Sometimes it makes us feel physically sick. Sometimes the load feels too heavy to carry . . . sometimes we can’t even see where we are going anymore thanks to the revelation that we can no longer see our feet.
But it’s during this time, when we think we can do it no longer, that we realize that we can. We live to fight another day. God guides the way. Weeks turn to months . . . purpose grows. Labor produces harvest . . . and before we know it we’re holding the blessing.
And suddenly . . .
It’s all worth it.
Maybe you are “pregnant” with a purpose right now or perhaps a burden has seemingly taken you over. It feels like the pain is going to last forever, doesn’t it? But this too shall pass, sister. It’s got to. He promised. It’s not going to be easy. You’re going to have days when you’re done. There are going to be days you don’t want to get out of the bed but, girl, you’ve got to.
You can do this.
So what do you do when you can’t carry the burden anymore? You get bold and practice holding out your arms. Today they might be empty but tomorrow could be the day God’s gonna hand you the blessing, and, girl, take it from me, it’s going to rock your world.