When expecting my first child, I had no clue what was about to happen. My body had increased by almost 60 pounds and I thought I was about to give birth to the largest child ever to be born. I’d forgotten what my feet looked like and when I did get a glimpse of them, they too had expanded to about three times their normal size.
I went about my normal daily activities without fear. I was only 22 when these changes were happening. I continued about living as usual, including my daily walk. On the day of labor, I was on my way home from the nearby grocery store when my water broke. I hurried home and called my husband to tell him that maybe a child would be born that day. Even when he arrived home I wasn’t experiencing any pain. By the time we reached the hospital and I was prepared for delivery, the contractions started. My firstborn took only three hours to make her appearance. The pains didn’t become intense until the very end.
Whenever I read the Bible verses in Matthew 24, I’m reminded of those first birth pangs. There will be pain before the world as we know it ends. There will be wars and rumors of war. There will be the noise of violence in every corner of our world. Dissatisfied and enraged voices scream for change. People are divided in their opinions, their beliefs and their politics. Headlines proclaim stories of murders in the streets, in the safety our homes and within our churches and schools. The fierce winds of destructive hurricanes, fires and floods, have destroyed people’s property and lives. It seems this must be the beginning of the end as promised in God’s Word.
When it comes to the state of affairs in the world – this isn’t something new. The world has always experienced violence, hatred, division, intolerance, unnecessary and necessary wars. Today, however, we have access to information regarding all this in an instant. Some respond before getting all the facts while others take a wait and see attitude.
God tells us not to be surprised by these events. It’s like the birthing process. Once we have endured these pangs, new life begins. It may not be on this planet, but we have been promised eternity in heaven when we turn our lives over to the Lord.
Do not be alarmed. Do not let your heart be troubled. All of this must happen before the end result occurs. We have no idea when that will occur, but we know, by God’s communication with us, that the end is coming. With the end of birth pains, comes new life. Let’s turn it over to Him and know that He’s got this!