Defining Moment

Rachel began to give birth and had great difficulty.  And as she was having great difficulty in childbirth, the midwife said to her, “Don’t despair, for you have another son.” Gen. 35:16-17

The time of delivery is an intense moment. It is a time of maximum pain. Ask any woman who has been through it, labor pain is like no other. One woman said it felt like the worst menstrual cramp or gas pain that you’ve ever had, combined with someone stabbing you in the stomach! Wow!

Here’s my point: When pain becomes unbearable, something new is about to happen. It could be the pain of death, defeat, denial, disappointment or even divorce. Whatever brings you to a moment of so much pain and great emotional turmoil is about to bring you to a major breakthrough in your life.

However, and this is very crucial: That moment must be managed with the highest level of carefulness so that nothing goes wrong with the baby. It is a destiny moment. It is a defining moment. The life of the baby is at its highest risk, and so the mother. Cerebral Palsy has been noted to be a possible complication or a mismanagement of that intense moment. Some mothers have passed away at that moment like the lady in the scripture above. That’s why pain need to be handled properly so that you don’t bungle the delivery.

How do you do that? You need to channel your pain. Pain is very controlling and demanding especially when it is intense. You need to take charge of it and direct it. The reason is so that it does not lead you in the wrong direction.

An example from Jesus would suffice: When Jesus was approaching the time of his crucifixion, one of his closest pals literally sold him. Nothing like the betrayal of a trusted friend. And now coupled with the evil conspiracy of his own leaders to hand him over to the Romans to be crucified. That pain was unbearable. It was intense.

But Jesus did something with that pain. Matthew 26:38-39 says: Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed.”

Friend, I don’t know what you have just passed through or may be going through right now. Maybe your pain is so intense that you think you couldn’t make it through another day. Let me tell you this: It all depends on how you handle it. Whether you make it or break it, the answer lies with you.

One thing I can tell you is this: Something is about to happen in your life! But I see you coming through!