And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. Luke 2:4-6
As I waddled along today, someone said, “You remind me of that verse in the old King James. Mary was “great with child.” Yes I am great with child. And yes I believe this child, like all others to be a great blessing.
But these last days of pregnancy provide challenges that make my 37-year-old body feel not so great. I still have 5 kids to chase after from 11 years old down to 22 months. Meals to cook. Laundry to wash. Things to pick up off the floor (which is probably the most challenging of my daily tasks). My hormones are doing crazy things to me. My muscles in my abdomen feel like they are holding together the Golden Gate Bridge. I’m in the bathroom every 15 minutes. I can’t get comfortable in any position. I am pretty miserable to be around.
But today as I lamented in my suffering these thoughts came to my mind.
- Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Phil 4:4
- Do everything without complaining… Phil. 2:4
- The LORD will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children… Deut. 28:11
I may be dealing with discomfort. I may be tired. I may even be suffering part of God’s curse. But I am still blessed. So whatever our circumstances are today, let’s walk in the truth that we are blessed in Christ. And no circumstances of life can take that away.
And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Eph. 4:30