Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Scripture Meditations for the Overdue Mama

 

But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.
Micah 7:7


There can be times contentment comes easy.  Many times however, we have to fight for it. 

When a woman is waiting on labor to start, it can be a sanctifying time in her life.  She is anxious to meet her new blessing.  She may be anxious about labor and the uncertainties of the day, the time and the circumstances that surround delivery. Even knowing most babies are never born on their due dates, nonetheless we feel like a finish line has been crossed once that date has come.

Coming to a right understanding of the sovereignty of God is every situation, has brought me so much peace over the years..  Trusting in the authorities that God has placed over me and how he works out his sovereign plan for me through them, has also brought peace in uncertain times.

God has all of our days numbered.  He tells us:  in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them (Ps 139:16). And we often say this verse when someone's life is ending or has ended.  But the days of our lives are numbered from the beginning as well. 

When I was discussing this truth with my mom this week, she encouraged me further that God not only has the day of our baby's birth planned, but also the exact minute.  It is comforting to know that God has ordained the millisecond that our little girl will draw breath into her lungs for the first time.

And although we may sometimes be plagued with fears, doubts and unbelief, we can press through days that may be long, still having a firm foundation:

How firm a foundation
Ye Saints of the Lord
Is laid for your faith
in His excellent Word
What more can He say
Than to you, He has said
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
 
Fear not I am with thee
Oh be not dismayed
For I am thy God
And will still give thee aid
I'll strengthen thee, help thee and cause thee to stand
Upheld by my righteous omnipotent hand
 
--How Firm a Foundation, Martin Luther
 
Scripture Verses to Contemplate While Waiting on Baby to Arrive
 
  • Job 39: 2, 3 (How much more precious am I to the Lord than mountain goats? Yet He knows even the births of these wild animals.)
Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
    Do you observe the calving of the does?
Can you number the months that they fulfill,
    and do you know the time when they give birth,
 when they crouch, bring forth their offspring,
    and are delivered of their young?

  • Psalm 27:14
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

  • Psalm 39:7
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
  • Psalm 40:1
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

  • Psalm 62:5
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.

  • Isaiah 30:18
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

  • Isaiah 33:2 
O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.

  • Isaiah 40:31
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

  •  Lamentations 3:25
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.


In seasons of waiting where we dare to grumble against the Lord of Hosts, doubt his care and work because at heart we're all like toddlers just wanting our own way, we can, we must, go back to the scriptures. It is where we will find rest, comfort and words that proclaim His love and faithfulness to us has never and will never, waiver.


7 comments:

  1. Praying for a safe and peaceful delivery and most importantly, a healthy baby! And that God will give your midwives and doctors wisdom when it's time to have you do some screenings to make sure your amniotic fluids are adequate and baby is tolerating some "extra" oven time well... or better yet, to just put you in labor before 41 weeks hit! haha. It sounds like you have a good attitude through it all. Blessings,

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  2. I love the idea of collecting these Scriptures. All 5 of my children were late-my "early" babies were 6 and 7 days post term. Those days after the due date seem to go so slowly. Good to have some Scripture to meditate on.
    God knows what is best for us. Praying, as in the comment above, that you will have a safe delivery and that the medical staff will have wisdom.

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  3. Just had my 4th son early Monday morning, the first of my 4 to be "late". I've so enjoyed and appreciated your pregnancy updates, because we were so close in dates. As I went through labor and delivery at home, I thought of you, wondered if you'd delivered yet, thought about your bravery in going through labor yet again, and prayed for you. You have blessed me much through your blogging, and I pray some of that blessing will shower back on you. You are a "Titus 2" help to me in many ways. By the way, this was also the first in 4 pregnancies to test NEGATIVE for GBS. Thanks for your tips on that! Prayers and love from a sister in Christ in WI.

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  4. Praying for you Bambi. Can't wait to hear the news. I went overdue 8 days with my 4th.

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  5. A wonderful post and such a positive, godly way to look at the situation!
    Hugs and praying for a fast, safe delivery of wee baby!

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  6. "Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?" says the LORD; "shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?" says your God." (Isaiah 66:9) My friend texted this to me when I was in labor 5 weeks ago, and it blessed me so much. It was after I was completely dilated but the baby was still high so I was walking around trying to get him to come down so I could push. I felt like labor would never end. It was good to think on the LORD creating and growing the baby and to know that He brought us that far and would bring the baby forth. I am always scared during labor and hesitant to want to give birth, but my prayer then was "Lord please bring forth this baby to be born." I pray that you would have a safe and healthy delivery and be strengthened and patiently wait for the LORD's timing. ~Kara

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  7. What a beautiful way to look at things! That encourages me today Bambi, even though I'm not pregnant (wish I were!) to wait on the Lord... in all things. :)

    Your Mama is such a blessing! What a treasure to have her encourage you like that.

    My girls and I are praying for you as you prepare to meet your precious new baby girl.

    Love in Jesus,
    Janet

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