It was on a Monday, 20th February 1995, when I was heavily pregnant with my first baby. I went for normal health checks at the hospital and the doctor decided to admit me because the pregnancy was overdue, I had gone past the Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD). At this stage even my body was now tired, I was no longer patient, all I wanted was to have my baby. What was frustrating was that some of the women I met during the clinic sessions had given birth to their babies and it seemed as if I was the only one left and I had gone past the EDD. I was expecting to give birth just like the other women I had met. No matter how much I wanted to give birth to my baby, it would not just happen according to my time.
The doctors decided to induce the labor by using a pill. I started to feel the contractions and they progressed over a couple of hours becoming more frequent. The midwives told me that by midnight, I would have delivered my baby but in no time, the labour pains disappeared. There was no progress at all. So I had to sleep and wait for the doctors to come during their morning rounds and hear what they would say.
On Tuesday, 21st February 1995, the doctors ordered another labor-inducing medication through the intravenous drip. Immediately I had this intense and unbearable pain which went on for some hours. As I was wriggling in pain, I began to complain quietly and wished I had not fallen pregnant and I declared that I would never fall pregnant again. All this was said because of pain, I could not think of the end product coming out from this furnace. I am sure if the doctors had asked me to have a tubal ligation during the labor pains, I would have agreed and consented without any shadow of a doubt. The time was progressing so slowly for me but the contractions never stopped. Around 8 pm, one of the midwives then came and gave me an injection for pain relief and in a couple of hours; I gave birth to my healthy baby boy, weighing 3.5kg. It is amazing how the pain vanished like mist after I delivered my baby. It was all joy and joy unspeakable as I held my baby in my hands. The thought of pain was all gone, it all seemed like I had never experienced such pain.
The pain, challenges, and frustrations we face in life at times they force some people to make hasty decisions that might result in a worse situation than they were before. What I have learnt in life, no matter how long it might take you to get to your destiny, is to wait patiently and never give up. Keep focused, do not turn to the right or to the left, keep going forward and do what God wants you to do despite any contrary winds. At times people get impatient as they see other people progressing and they think they are forgotten, rejected or cursed. They want things to move according to their time and speed and when some things fail to materialise, frustration kicks in and this may lead to depression, resentment and bitterness. I am here to remind you that there is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens. Your set time will come.
Galatians 4:4 New International Version (NIV) But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law…
The word of God says in Psalm 30:5 New King James Version (NKJV): For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
I have gone through a lot of challenges but I have learnt to maintain joy in the Lord and to wait patiently on Him. He has never let me down. Most of my breakthroughs have been birthed immediately after going through some kind of labor pains but I have learnt to be resilient and soldier on.
Joy is cultivated internally by being grateful of other things that are going well in your life; having a quiet time; meditating on the word of God and being content with who you are and what you have. You might be going through some challenges and it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You know what? There is no storm that lasts forever. Seasons come and seasons go. No matter how long it might take to get to the other side, remember that delay is not denial. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. It’s like pregnancy, keep pushing for your baby, your healing, your breakthrough is coming. God is with you in that furnace, in that prison and in the lion’s den, He will bring you out victoriously. He gives you joy for mourning, beauty for ashes, you just need to learn how to wait patiently on Him. You will come out.
Psalm 90:4 New International Version (NIV) 4 A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.
Psalm 56:1 – 13 New Living Translation (NLT), NB: verse 8 says: You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
Isaiah 40:31 New King James Version (NKJV) 31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.