I have been studying the book of James for the past few months at my wonderful church, (The Village Church of Denton) and it has really caused me to ponder just how this relates to birth. I tend to look at life through the lens of birth and many part of what James, the half brother of Jesus has to say about the struggles we face in life. As a midwife, I hear lots of women voice their fears about birth and wonder just how they are going to make it through the process. We often hear stories from others that incite fear and doubt in our ability to do what God has designed our bodies to do. Psalms 139:14 says “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. James 2:1 takes it a step further and quotes “Consider it pure joy, my brothers (and sisters) whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance”.
We all know that difficult times will come to all of us yet as Christians we can be glad in knowing that with God’s help, precious lessons come from these times. A way to look at trials is a sort of instruction manual for our souls. So how can we look at this through the lens of birth? From my perspective, we can look at labor as a trial designed to instruct us for future trials. I have heard over and over again after a woman has given birth that it was the hardest thing that she has ever done. Yet it imparted to her, knowledge of just how strong she really is and has never had the opportunity to test that strength. Now, after the birth, she has that knowledge she will carry with her forever to face future trials.
Hopefully, this will give many of you, regardless of your faith base, pause to reflect on how this might relate to you or how it may have already affected you if you have given birth in the recent or distant past. May God bless you all on this beautiful and finally sunny Sunday morning. Blessings, Jean Sala-Smith, Certified Nurse-Midwife