The long awaited DAY OF DELIVERY (October 26, 2010). I can now officially say that I am a Father, a Dad, Poppa…Daddy! I have been looking forward to this day for a long time and I can say the same for my wife. This pregnancy has been a wonderful experience and saying the typical, “it’s life changing”, does not get close to describing the monumental moment. The months leading up to this have been fun, challenging, exciting, and sobering. I would relate these last 9 months of pregnancy to the coming of the Kingdom, “the now but not yet.” Liberty was in our presence the whole time and yet we knew that it was not the “full” experience that we were promised. We watched her kick and move all around and yet we still could not fully see her and hold her. God has promised us the Kingdom in the now and many times we can see it moving and kicking, but we also know that it is not yet fully manifested. I cannot wait until the fullness of His kingdom is ushered from heaven to earth, what a glorious day!
I learned some things during the labor part of the pregnancy. Matthew 24:13 says, “The one who endures to the end, will be saved.” This is such good news! When the birthing pangs came at times I felt like it was impossible, like they would never stop! Also, it is not easy to watch someone that you love go through suffering. Now I can say I have a very small glimpse (like really small) of what the Father felt when His Son was crucified, or even when I am faced with trials or troubles. But during the labor and contractions I was reminded of the Misty Edwards song that refers to Matthew 24:13, “If you don’t quit, you win”, “It’s going to get better, it’s going to be worth it!” Then I saw and felt the pattern of resting and “fighting” during the whole labor. These small pockets of rest were very important for my wife and I found that it was even more important for me to pray and fight on her behalf while she was resting. I heard the Lord say that it is important to allow Him to fight for us when He has called us into His rest. There will be times when it feels like we are fighting and He does not seem to be present even though He is there. Those are the times when our faith is being tested by trials and tribulations. But it is important to perceive when He has called us into “rest”, so that we can allow Him to do the fighting for us and not take things on our own. I hope that makes sense, just know that He is our rest and our strength.
You can read about it and talk about it, but there is nothing like encountering it for yourself! I thank God for His supernatural presence through the whole process. Now that Liberty is here, I know no other way of living…IT IS THE SAME WITH MY SAVIOR IN MY LIFE!
One Proud Dad