Are you expecting?
No, I’m not asking if you’re pregnant with a baby. Instead, I want to know: What are you carrying within you? Is there a dream, a passion, or a destiny growing in your heart, just waiting to be born?
It could be a career you’re deeply passionate about, a business idea that’s been brewing, an educational pursuit you’re committed to, the desire for a fulfilling marriage, or a calling you believe has been placed on your heart by God.
You’ve nurtured this inner spark in secret, wondering when and how it will come to fruition. Today, I want to share an open secret with you, inspired by the concept of pregnancy and the ninth month – the delivery month.
As we approach this ninth month, I can’t help but think of the incredible journey that women go through to bring life into the world. Just as women give birth to precious babies, we too can give birth to the dreams and desires that have been growing and kicking inside our hearts. This could be the month when your dreams become a reality.
Let’s explore some powerful insights from God’s word about the process of “birthing”:
Time to give birth:
Now the time had come for Elizabeth to give birth, and she gave birth to a son (Luke 1:57).
God appoints different seasons for our lives. And for every child He places in your womb, there is a time to give birth. A time came for Elizabeth to birth John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus. Each day, month, year, or season of your life may be THE TIME for you to give birth to a baby that will grow and align with the fulfillment of God’s plan for your life, family, community, and the world.
Like Elizabeth, you need to stay connected with God, be sensitive to that appointed time, nurture that baby, and be ready to travail and bring forth that child.
Travail to birth:
Travail means a painful or laborious effort. For many things you need to get or give birth to in life, you need to “travail.”
Travail is often used in the Bible to refer to the toil and pain a woman experiences in giving birth (Psalm 48:6), or to express spiritual and emotional anguish. For example, Jesus’ travail is evident in the Garden of Gethsemane, just before His arrest, and Paul’s travail when he wrote to the Galatians, “My children, of whom I travail again until that Christ shall have been formed in you…” (Galatians 4:19-20)
There is a degree of labour and associated pain that comes with giving birth to something. For you to birth those dreams in your heart, you must give yourself to work and not be afraid of or recoil from the discomfort that comes with it.
If women, because of the pain and discomfort of carrying children in the womb and going through labour before delivery, say no to pregnancy, there won’t be fruitfulness and multiplication in the world. And these precious souls who are born to fulfil various assignments on earth won’t be here.
Be willing to travail physically, mentally, and spiritually to birth your dreams, desires, and God-ordained destiny.
And talking about spiritual travail, John 3:6 tells us that, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” To birth something that makes not just a physical impact but a spiritual one (which, as you know, controls the physical) and an eternal impact, you need to labour over your spiritual growth. Spend time studying God’s word. Obey God always, and let Him save you from sin and transform your life.
Also, and very importantly, travail in PRAYERS. When we pray fervently for something or someone, we are “travailing” in prayer (James 5:16). It can be agonizing work to intercede for those in crisis, pray for the lost, or seek direction on critical decisions. God honours those who travail in prayer, as evidenced by His response to Daniel’s three weeks of seeking His answers (Daniel 10:1–14).
Tapping strength from the Spirit:
Your physical and mental travail will not always suffice. A situation like that which Hezekiah recorded here may arise: “...for the children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to deliver them. (2 Kings 19:3)
At times like these, you need to tap into strength. First, if you notice from that text, it refers to them as children. So we see that there is a need for spiritual maturity. Romans 8:26 tells us, “Likewise, the Spirit also helps our infirmities…” You may labour and work and go through lots of pain like any other person, just to get results that any other person can get.
But when the Spirit helps, you will give birth to those answers just like the Hebrew women in Exodus 1:19. “The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.”
And talking about the role midwives play in childbirth, God can place “midwives” to help birth those treasures He’s planted in us. They could be mentors, coaches, leaders, friends, spouses, or even strangers. Recognize their roles and be open to receiving the help and guidance they give.
But the Holy Spirit gives superior support. He is our Helper, Guide, and Teacher.
So, as you step into the labour room of life, never forget to invite the Holy Spirit. With His guidance, your God-ordained destiny, dreams, and desires will be born swiftly and with abundant fruitfulness. Embrace the journey, and let your dreams come to life!