So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. -Galatians 6:9 NLT
Labor Day is a federal holiday set aside for observing the contributions of the American worker (US Department of Labor). Personally, the time is more focused on celebrating my son whose birthday falls during Labor Day Weekend. His birth was quite memorable, going from labor to delivery in less than five hours! They referred to him as the "Fast Baby" at the hospital. Well-dilated upon my arrival, I was unable to receive any medicine to help with the pain; thus, it was short-lived, yet excruciating.
My daughter's birth seventeen months earlier was quite the opposite, though again had a storyline that could have been in a movie script. I was home alone when my water broke, so there was some anxiety in the beginning. But, there was plenty of time for my husband to get home from work and take me to the hospital as she didn't arrive for almost fourteen hours later! The medication did not mask the pain! It was a long, hard labor and delivery.
The birthing experiences - and pregnancies leading up to them - though unique had a somewhat predictable sequence. I had a general idea of what to expect along the way from the well-documented information available of the development of a human baby. An ultrasound provided a high-probability of the gender of each child before birth. And, their delivery dates were reasonably estimated.
Though excited to be a mom to my children, at times I was miserable with the aches and uncomfortableness that came along with me being pregnant. But, alternatives to giving birth were not what I desired. So, the markers along the way until I could meet my babies face-to-face kept me encouraged.
I'm currently working a project that the Lord predestined for me to do (Ephesians 1:11) before He knit me together in my mother's womb (Psalm 139:13-16). I've been laboring in this work for many years. I'm excited to share it with the world, though the process has been extremely difficult. There is no alternative - I am committed to producing what God has planted inside of me. At times I wish to just be done already. But, the Lord will make it happen at the right time (Isaiah 60:22). There is no predictability for this birth, causing me to develop the faith needed to persevere.
I believe what He has spoken to me that it will lead many to righteousness! I believe His promise that it will lead many to freedom through Christ, help with race relations - making the United States live up to its name - and produce more workers for His Kingdom.
My time of harvest is coming; I will reap what I sow if I don't give up (Galatians 6:7-9)! Though I get weary, I have the greatest help with Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30). I will labor day after day. For the contribution of my work in God's Kingdom serves an eternal purpose. The birthing of God's gift to the world through me will be worth celebrating forever. So, I will continue to work willingly for the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24).
What has God planted in YOU that you have been carrying? Be steadfast and immovable; your work for the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58)!
Authentic Existence® Affirmation: I will birth what God has predestined me to do - my labor is not in vain!
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