February 05th, 2017
We are expecting the imminent birth of a grandbaby in our family. It will bring many changes to the parents and sibling of this little bundle of joy. It will also be new to me as the grandmother. It is all so amazing.
Change is inevitable. We cannot stop it. It is occurring more frequently and intensely than ever before, and at much faster pace than expected. You would have to live in a cave to avoid it. We just have to live with it and adjust to it.
This sounds so much like the process of labour and delivery of a baby. Change can be sudden and intense or it can come more slowly giving us a chance to adjust. The more we are attuned to the signs of its arrival, the less we are caught off guard by its onset. It often can be painful as we adjust to the necessary alterations it requires. The more we fight it, the more agonizing it seems. If we view it as a natural part of life, something to be accepted and worked with, it flows more smoothly, yet always with some resistance. Sometimes, even when we are anticipating the process, there are unexpected complications that require us to accept help to work around it.
My first baby came with a prolonged labour and delivery. He was a ‘sunny side up’ baby and it caused erratic and intense labour pains with little progress for an extended period of time. He came safe and sound, but it required some intervention by the doctor and nurses for him to arrive. The labour with my second baby was hardly noticeable at first and was easy to manage. It took quite a while for the intensity to build, but once it did, we had to take a wild ride to the hospital because the baby was suddenly ready to deliver without much warning. Again, he was born healthy and ready to challenge the world. It took a little help from the medical staff to deliver him because he had his arm stuck over his head as though he had second thoughts about coming out and tried to stop his progress. Different babies, different personalities, different deliveries.
Change is entirely like that. No matter how prepared you think you are for it, it usually is packed with some sort of unexpected surprises. We are presented with two options. We can try to muddle through it all on our own; encountering a struggle every step of the way. It can cause us to lose sleep and to panic because we do not have all of the answers nor the expertise on our own.
The alternative is a little humbling. It requires us to realize we are fallible and needing assistance. Yes, we can turn to our friends and colleagues for help, but they too can be left scratching their heads looking for ways to aid us in the perfect way we need. Ideally, we turn to God for His Wisdom and Discernment. It is in the realizing that we have come to the end of our own ability and need Him to fill in what we are lacking, that we are ready to be Filled with the Infinite Resources of the Almighty. He Created us, so He Knows what we need in order to become the person He always intended us to be. He fills in the blanks when change is inevitable.
Just like a pregnant woman turns to a midwife or obstetrician for assistance in labour and delivery, God is the One to Whom we need to turn in life. Jesus Christ was Sent to the world to be our Deliverer. He uniquely and fully addressed all the problems we could ever face. He is there for us now, at this moment, waiting for us to turn to Him to Help us with every issue we might have. He has a million possible solutions for our problem and we only need that one that will work right now. It is up to us to Ask for it…and, in Faith, we will Receive it. So, today, will you reach out and ask for your Help from the ultimate Delieverer? He is ready and waiting to bring New Life into your world!
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Judith Utman is the author of Voices in the Wilderness.