My first time being split open with pushing contractions - I was terrified. Screaming and exhaustion and doubting and then the gift of a single thought: the only way, is through this.
Here's an insightful post from a mom who speaks to laboring moms, disheartened in the pain.
It wasn’t that she had figured out how to not think about the hard things anymore; it was that she had gotten through to the other side. At the moment she believed she couldn’t push through another second, she suddenly did and found new life.
There was no way out but through.
Childbirth is used in Scripture as a metaphor for the suffering of God’s people as they await delivery in hope.
Various biblical writers often speak of trials and persecutions in terms of labor, like contractions that squeeze and push and cause anxiety. But the point of these passages is that the Day of the Lord is coming, that these sufferings result in new life being born from the old.There's more! keep reading ...