The birth of a child is one of those life events you don’t ever forget. Believe it or not, you do forget the pain of child birth. At least I did, but you never forget the things you said up to that moment. Medical staff scurry in and out of your room. Your spouse is usually pacing the floor, ringing his hands with both the anticipation of new life, as well as the fear of the unknown, and his inability at times to provide or convey those all important sentiments of comfort. Having been through it myself, I don’t know that anything he said would have mattered. All senses, thoughts, and any kind of rational responses went out the window when the first contraction hit. In my case, it was best to watch him nod off. In the moment, I had asked myself how one could nod off in the midst of pain and delight, and live with oneself. I don’t wonder any more. I suppose he found his comfort level.
When you’re going through childbirth, in my case anyway, fear and anxiety run high when you don’t know what to expect. Sure, I had heard all the stories from other women gone before me. No matter how they painted their picture of labor and delivery, the end was always the same – it was going to hurt beyond a stubbed toe or a sharp stick in the eye. From all accounts, it would hurt worse then any kidney stone. I know there are men out there who would beg to differ.
Here’s my point in all this – I go back to the cross. I’m not trying to make light of child birth. After all, we are warned it would be painful thanks to Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:16) and God kept his promise. But when I think about the birth pains I experienced, they don’t hold a candle to the suffering Jesus Christ experienced dying on the cross for you and me.
Father, you sent your Son to die on the cross for our sins. The pain we experience through child birth, passing a stone or stubbing our toe, doesn’t compare to the pain your child suffered on the cross that day two thousand plus years ago. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice. In your name we pray and thank you, Amen.
Standing on His promises,