Having a child is an uncomfortable and even painful process. Right off the bat, you are more than aware that you’ll get morning sickness, back pains, swollen legs, varicose veins, stretch marks, weight gain, and lots of physical pain (especially in the birth!) in order to endure this 9 month process. And, at the end of it, you’ll have this little cute baby, but you don’t know if the baby will respect you, or even like you, or if they’ll have physical, mental, or emotional challenges, or if they’ll be an ‘easy’ kid or will try your patience daily with their rebellion. In a way, it’s like taking a big chance whether this little life will end up good or bad, but, there’s something within you that drives you to take the chance and be excited anyway.
God places a unique desire within a woman’s heart to have a child. This is His very own desire, i.e., to bring forth life, and He chooses to share it within the heart of a woman. A man’s desire to have a child is in shadow to a woman’s desire as she is the bearer of this new life. Through her sacrifice and pain will her heart overflow with love for her child just as God’s love overflows for us.
As a woman, what if you knew the outcome before becoming pregnant as to how your child would come out? What if you knew that as you brought forth new life, it was at that same moment, your last breath would be made on earth? Would you still go through it?
Jacob loved his wife, Rachel, dearly. Rachel had been barren throughout their marriage and this brought her, especially, great grief (Genesis 30:1). Finally, in their later years, Rachel conceived and bore Jacob the son they had both desired, but in the process, Jacob lost his beloved. Rachel gave up her life for her son, Benjamin. Ironically, the Hebrew word for Rachel means “lamb.” Rachel is a picture of the Lamb, Jesus, laying down His life to bring forth new life.
“16 Then they journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath, Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor. 17 And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, “Do not fear, for you have another son.” 18 And as her soul was departing (for she was dying), she called his name Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.19 So Rachel died, and she was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem), 20 and Jacob set up a pillar over her tomb. It is the pillar of Rachel’s tomb, which is there to this day. ” Genesis 35:16-19
Unlike Rachel, Jesus knew already that He would die in the process of birthing His children (The Church), yet He willingly chose to go through the process because of His great love for His children. Talk about the greatest sacrifice!
“17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”” John 10:17-19
Thank you God for your desire to bring forth life and your desire to share it with women, specifically, showing us all a picture of your character. Lord, we ask that you especially bless those mothers reading this today, and those mothers of those reading this now. They are amazing ladies who have laid down their lives for their children, as a picture of what You have done, and have taken a back seat so that their children can excel. We are very thankful for the mothers in our lives.