Pregnant with Purpose
A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. – John 16:21 NKJV
A couple of weeks ago I had a very vivid dream and unlike other times, when I woke up I immediately knew what it meant. I am an adamant believer that dreams are one of the avenues God uses to speak to us so I knew that the word that came from this dream wasn’t just for me and I decided to write about it for my last blog of 2015.
In the dream I was pregnant and I was talking to another lady who was also pregnant. We were both pretty far along so we began sharing details of how we felt and I told her I was fine except for being extremely uncomfortable. As I woke up I knew that the Lord was telling me that myself, as well as many others, are pregnant with purpose.
Many doctors have done analysis on the stages and characteristics of pregnancy and in the last trimester one of the main symptoms is discomfort as the baby grows to full term and the woman’s body readies for delivery. Spiritually to be pregnant is to be full and God used the dream to parallel the natural occurrence of pregnancy with where I am spiritually for me to know that the discomfort of 2015 was all part of the process needed to birth the purpose He had placed within me.
I know I’m not the only person that experienced the lack of ease and stability this year. Maybe some of your goals fell through, you constantly fixed one problem only for another to arise, you experienced rough or unexpected transitions in your relationships, career, living conditions, etc. For me it was all of the above and as I was meditating on the topic, this Scripture kept resonating in my spirit:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV)
The Bible says that God placed eternity in our hearts. That eternity spoken of is a seed of divine purpose that we will both sense and search for even though we are unable to discern it in its entirety. Because of this, we are all at some stage of what’s called ‘gestation‘ or the process from conception to delivery. The seed was planted in our hearts from birth and now as life proceeds we can either abort or see the process to full term.
For some people, you’re still in the first trimester where you aren’t really sure what your purpose is but you know it’s there. Others are in the second trimester, you know what you’re supposed to do but it’s not quite time yet, you still have some development left to go through. And for the rest of us, we know what our purpose is and we’re on the brink of delivery. We’ve endured the process, developed through the tests, we’re experiencing the labor pains of the situations going on around us and we’re beyond ready to see the vision come to pass. Those are the people that I want to encourage to hold on just a little while longer, we will see the manifestation of our vision in 2016.
No matter what stage of the process you’re in, don’t abort! There is an end to all things. Jesus used pregnancy to tell the disciples in John 16 that they will face sorrow but once they see the fruit the pain produced, they will no longer focus on the hardship endured to get there. I believe the same is true for us. I know 2016 is going to be one in which many people give birth to the visions they’ve been holding onto for quite some time and I’m grateful God gave me the opportunity to articulate what I know many have been feeling. You’re not alone and there was a reason for everything that happened this year both good and not so good. So end the year with expectation rather than discouragement, you have been prepared for delivery and 2016 is your year to give birth!