I’m tired. I’m hungry. I ache. I’m hot. I’m a punching bag. My stomach feels like Gumby, but I’m not Gumby…I’m pregnant. Yes, this is the beloved last trimester of pregnancy. Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely ecstatic that I am pregnant and I will endure because I am waiting for the amazing day that I will meet our precious baby and hold him in my arms. Wow, that makes it all worth it, doesn’t it?
I keep thinking about how this relates to our walk with Jesus (sorry people this is just how my brain worksJ).
I believe when we desire deeper intimacy with Jesus Christ there will come a time when life gets really hard. It’s like having a baby and going through the last trimester and birth. We have an Enemy, he doesn’t play by the rules and he wants us to give up on going deeper with Jesus. So when life gets tough, the pain becomes unbearable, the accusations, the guilt, and the shame gets stronger and stronger—that’s the Enemy trying to deter you from walking into deeper intimacy with Christ. He knows your freedom is sure in Christ so he’ll do everything he can to bring you to doubt God, filling your heart with unbelief and despair to keep you stuck. Beloved, your God has deeper freedom for you through His Son. Press on, trust, and rest! Remember who you are in Christ, an overcomer and more than a conqueror (Rom. 8:37, Rev. 12:11).
The reality is, if we want to become like Jesus and grow in intimacy with Him, we will suffer and struggle.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
God uses what Satan has intended to harm us to make us more complete in Him. THAT’S THE TRUTH. God is in complete control of our lives and nothing He allows is beyond His control. Surrender it all to Him, stop holding on, let it go and let God transform your pain and grow your faith. He can and will use it for His great glory and for a deeper intimacy with Christ. Like the pains and discomfort of labor, it is totally worth it.