This morning in my Bible reading, I came across this:
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
I Thess. 5:1-3
I’ve read this before, but this time it struck me a little differently – maybe because I’m less than 2 months from my duedate.
This is how the last two weeks of pregnancy are for me: every day I feel as though I could go into labor any minute. Is today the day? Maybe today is the day. I feel like today could be the day. I just can’t shake the feeling that labor is imminent.
But then – the feeling goes away. And then labor begins. Is it just me, or does it work that way for you too? I’ve mentioned it to other mothers and it seems to be nearly universal. And I can’t help but think that Paul is referring to that short period of time after the feeling of imminence and urgency has passed, but before the first real contractions begin – or rather, God is. Maybe Paul didn’t know all that much about the psychology and physiology behind labor, but God certainly does.
The application? I don’t know. Don’t be complacent, because just when you feel like relaxing is when you need to be most ready? Don’t ask this pregnant brain to think much beyond labor and delivery for the next 8 weeks. But maybe you can figure it out yourself.by