8 Days 12 hours and 31 Minutes

Posted by Richard Harris | | Posted On Friday, May 21, 2010 at 2:09 AM

I am trying to be patient, really I am. Normally patience is not a real problem of mine but at times like these I get a little anxious. I know it is not right to worry but I do it anyway. I know it is not good to be inpatient but I do it anyway you see my wife is expecting our 7th child in 8 days 12 hours and 30 minutes but really who is counting.

You may be thinking to yourself, goodness Richard you have traveled down this road before it should be no problem. Go ahead and think that, but it is not reality. Reality is that just like every other person who has ever had a child the fear of the unknown can get the best of you.

We have seen the sonogram; it gave us a very good report. Kim has heard the heartbeat often, even just a few days ago and that little heart is just beating away. Kim’s reports are all good and except for the difficulties that accompany the final days of pregnancy she is doing great.

So why all the anxiety, why all the worry? I believe it is plain and simply the unknown. Though you know the child is well from all the doctors reports you just want to see it for yourself. Though you know technology can help solve many issues of childbirth, still in the back of your mind you never know what might happen. Not to mention the unknown of when this baby is going to decide it is time to make its appearance. Thanks goodness for cell phones. The unknown is killing me.

Doctors like to control things but honestly they have little knowledge of what is happening inside the womb. We can peek behind the curtain but our view is limited. Doctor’s do not even know what starts the process of labor.

Let’s face it God is in control and that is a good thing.

As our excitement grows, it is now only 8 days 12 hours and 7 minutes, our desire to control things grows with it. While expecting children as with all other aspects of life we may know that God is in control. We may say that at church, hear it preached and see it countless times in scriptures; our human nature still has trouble letting go. Knowing is one thing, while trusting is whole other subject.

Learning to trust God is one of the great spiritual disciplines of life. It is called faith. When you trust someone you are able to release whatever you need to them. You have faith that the job will get done and it will be done in the best possibly way with the best results. That faith helps you to relax and enjoy the journey. Personally I love it when someone else is in control, it takes the pressure off. God is there to take the pressure off, trust him.

What causes us trouble is when we show a lack of trust. We want to hold on, we want to do it ourselves, and we want to control each issue. When it comes to life this micromanaging only leads to things like anxiety, depression, worry, sickness, irritability, and utter loss of joy. God never meant for you to live this way.

God has a plan for your life, (see Jeremiah 29:11), He is in control, His ways are best. Have faith, trust God and live it up. (see John 10:10)

I will let you know how I handle the journey, just 8 days, 11 hours and 45 minutes to go. But who is counting?

Scriptures: Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us in our moments where our trust is low, where we are tempted to take control. Help us to release our lives to you. Drive home for us the fact that you are in control and your ways are best. We thank you that you are in control and you are a gracious God. We ask all these things in the name of Christ our loving Savior, Amen.

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