Life is all about pressure…from the moment we are born until our final breath in this life, there is pressure. The very word “tribulation” means the following in the Greek:
thlípsis – pressure (what constricts or rubs together), use of a narrow place that “hems someone in”; tribulation, especially internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined (restricted, “without options”).
Childbirth itself is a form of physical pressure on the mother and child. At the time of birth, the pressure often seems too much to bear or manage, but in the end, there is great peace! There is a point of rest and a point of joy. As the mother and child sleep, both exhausted from the experience of birth, they find joy, harmony, and rest. Likewise, the father shares his child with pride to everyone he can find and vows that he will be the child’s protector.
A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.
In order to experience the joy of birth, we must go through the process. Every birth pain feels like it may be too much to bear, but it is indeed taking us toward a joyous finale. Many of us are like wounded children; we spend most of our time trying to manage our own pain in life. But as we self-medicate, it is only a temporary solution. It cannot stop the pain all together.
Its time for the birth
My father had self-medicated with alcohol for many years. He had made his fair share of mistakes, as we all have. One day, he gave up his “medication” of choice and decided that no matter what, being healed from the inside out was more important.
On that day, as the tears fell from his eyes, the floodgates finally broke. As he still had the poisonous years of alcohol on his mind and memories of past mistakes fresh in his heart, he looked over and saw his two sons standing beside him. In an instant, he finally understood how much he loved his sons and how much his heavenly father loved him.
In that moment, my father experienced his own “spiritual birth”. Just as a mother in childbirth has to push and breathe through the pain, he too had to push forward with each new step he took. As the angels were celebrating along with him, he lifted his eyes to the sky, and said the following words:
“Jesus, I have made so many mistakes. I have rebelled, and I have done everything you have asked me not to do. How could I ever ask you to forgive and release me? Yet I come humbled and on my knees. Lord, that’s what I ask of you now. I ask that you forgive me, not because I deserve it, but because you promised I must be “born again”. Lord, give birth to a new child of the living God today. From this day forward, dwell in and through me.”
This was no ordinary birth. Jesus took my dad’s spirit, and raised him up. What once was a wounded man, became new in our Savior’s eyes. God’s new son was born again that day; he was born under pressure and through the wounds of life. Just as a father holds his newborn son with pride, our heavenly Father began to clean off the debris of the birth, and clothed by dad in a white robe. He could then rest as the Father shared His pride in his new son with each angel surrounding Him.
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Journey Principles Nation, I share this story with you because its essence rings true in all of our lives. My father missed a great deal of our early childhood battling old issues and hurts. For years, he listened to the lies of the enemy that God would not accept him and there was no hope. As I write this today, I am excited to tell you that I not only have a heavenly Father, but one on earth as well who has been born again. The old is gone, and the new has been born! My dad hasn’t missed a single hockey game, and he continues to be an important part of my life. I want to encourage you to keep fighting, praying, and watch as new birth happens in and around you. The Father wants to tell you today,
“You know what you must do now. I love you!”
Enjoy the birth process! No matter what you are going through today, if you keep your eyes on Jesus, you will one day experience a new birth in all areas of your life!
In your service,