Sunday, March 23, 2008

When Real Labor Begins

My youngest will be eleven this Friday. I can hardly believe it! The year he was born, March 28th happened to be on Good Friday. My OB had gone on a ski trip, telling me as he left that I would still be around when he returned. (Yeah, right!) The doctor who was on call for my group was very young, having just completed his residency and having just begun his first year of full-time private practice. (Yikes!)

But God always has the right people in the right place at the right time, and this young doc was the very one I needed. You see, Derek's shoulder got stuck just after his head was delivered, and one of my nurses literally began to FREAK out--it was a crazy scene! But the doctor was able to maneuver my sweet Derek out of the birth canal by working patiently and calmly (and dismissing the hysterical nurse!), never seeming the least bit flustered.

When it was all over and Derek had arrived safe and sound, one of the other nurses came over to me and said, "Well, you can relax. The hard part is over!"

I smiled and gently replied, "Oh, no. The hard part will be raising him to be a godly man in an ungodly world." You see, for believing parents everywhere, the real labor begins after delivery. You, Mom, are the right person in the right place at the right time for raising your child. God planned for you to be there for that little person. He put the two of you together! And while you may feel inadequate and unprepared, while you may be ready to FREAK!, God will be working with you, patiently and calmly, to help you raise a godly child in an ungodly world.

We brought Derek home on Easter Sunday morning. He was my precious reminder of new life, fresh hope, and resurrected purpose. Today, as then, I remain dependent upon the Lord for the hard part--the real labor of parenting. And today, as then, I find Him faithful.

God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. (1 Corinthians 1:9)


1 comment:

Totally New Moms said...

I have felt that way for nine years! My first labor was the worst by far but it paled in comparison to raising a godly daughter in this upside down world. Thanks for what you wrote today. Moms need to hear this!!!