When you’re pregnant with promise, don’t turn back. God will carry your faith to completion.
I had never been on the ski slopes before.
I was a newly working twenty-something having graduated from college. I finally was earning a salary, which meant I had money to go on a ski trip with my friends.
After taking a beginner’s lesson on the green slopes, my friends met up with me for chili at the ski lodge.
“Come on up with us to the blue runs!” my friends said, as we finished up our last bites of lunch.
“Really? I don’t think I’m ready for that.” I was skeptical to say the least.
“You’ll be fine. That’s how you learn!” My friends didn’t seem the least bit concerned and started suiting back up into their marshmallow get ups.
As I sat there, legs dangling on the swinging chair lift, carrying me high above the California Sierra mountain tops into white powder blowing against my goggles, my stomach tied up and my heart started pounding in my ears.
I don’t want to go anymore! Get me off of here!
No one told me there are no U-turns on ski lifts. They just go up one way. And you have to ski down the other.
No Turning Back
That’s how I felt was pregnant with my babies.
I was nauseous from week 6 all the way until the doctor welcomed them out. Morning sickness lasted all day and all night. Things that tasted one way turned completely yucky. Nothing sounded good. I still can’t believe I gave birth to healthy baby boys who moved the scale past eight lbs surviving on basically crackers, bread and water.
I remember being so crazy-out-of-my-mind happy when the home pregnancy test showed two lines.
But, I also remember how I wish I wasn’t pregnant when it was too late. Life was growing in me. There was no turning back.
Pregnant With Promise
When I invited you to share your One Words for 2012 this month, over a 100 of you submitted your comments and blog posts to share your soul resolutions ( I have been savoring every one of your words!).
When I counted up to a hundred, less than ten words were repeated.
The #1 most selected word was: adventure.
Like any adventure of faith, we begin breathless with excitement. We discover we’re “pregnant with a promise”. We don’t know exactly how it’s all going to go. But, that is part of the thrill.
But, as we take steps forward on our journeys, we may run into early pregnancy signs —
Hmm… Things don’t seem to fit quite right. We’re not sure how we feel about the changes.
On second thought, hold up a minute! Maybe this was a mistake. The going gets rough. And the rough gets rougher.
What do we do? Is it too late to turn back?
A Dream and a Goliath
I know for many of us, it’s only the first month of the year. But for me, I’ve been walking through the first trimester of… writing the book-that-would-not-go-away.
I was living safe, low to the ground. My voice reached only as far as a blog post. After each publish, the words would slip back into the archives.
But, God remembered a dream I once buried. A dream to share my heart through the written word. It has been a steady companion, bringing me joy and healing my hurts.
Now, I’m three months into my manuscript. By the end of January, I will have finished a third of it. It is a big milestone because quite simply: writing this book is both my God-sized dream and my goliath in faith.
Every time I start to write, I ask myself, Do I really want to open my heart in print? My words cannot be erased after it releases. And friends, I must confess. It is scary to dangle my feet out here in mid-air.
Grow In You
Our faith adventures take us beyond our comfort zones. We have to make changes we’ve never considered before. There are no magic hours that suddenly appear. We need to let go of something things in order to explore some new ones.
The faith adventure doesn’t come with cones of silence. There are still everyday issues and you know, the not-so-everyday ones love to surface too. Family, friends, health, finances, and more. They all make up our human frailties.
Even in the face uncertainty, we cannot turn back.
This is a good thing, friends. Because…
I have something encouraging to share with you.
When you are pregnant with a promise, it’s a seed of faith that God plants.
When the time is right, the Holy Spirit will water that seed.
The seed of faith will grow in you —
to search out,
to take one step forward,
to rest when it’s two steps back,
to battle through,
to fall apart in the arms of Jesus,
to rest in solitude and gain comfort among safe friends,
– and complete the soul work of shaping Christ in you.
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil. 1:6
We can’t turn back now friends.
You and I are pregnant with promise.
Some mornings, we will wake up wondering if we’re really up for this journey.
Rest easy. It’s the way of faith, dependance on God. The great thing about faith is that it doesn’t matter if we’re feeling inadequate. God is for us. We have what we need for the journey no matter what.
“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32.
Jesus confidently assures us. Nothing is impossible for God. With faith as small as a mustard seed, we can say to this mountain, ‘Move.’ And it will move.” (Matthew 17:20)
Come on. Let’s keep going. God is faithful to the end.
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