Ready or Not
Have you ever watched those labor and delivery shows where the women are screaming with every contraction and panicking at the thought that, “I’m not ready…I haven’t finished the Nursery yet!” All the while the doctor is calmly instructing; “Breathe, Relax, Breathe and then finally PUSH, PUSH, PUSH!!!! ” Maybe you have been that woman yourself?
Whether you’ve heard the stories or lived them in real life, there is something significant about the birthing process. I always remind new parents, you will NEVER be “ready” for that new baby. No matter how diligent you were in that 9 month gestational season, there will always be something you didn’t plan for. Don’t worry, you will figure it out! And no matter how detailed “moms to be” are in their (nesting stage,) there still might be things that don’t get done. At the end of the day, as the due date approaches…your body says “it’s time,” and there is no turning back. You are about to experience the most intensely painful and beautiful moment of your life!
It is uncanny how similar church planting is to having a baby! The dream is conceived and given life, then it begins to grow. There are signs of nauseas and fear of the unknown mixed with the excitement of what is yet to be born. You are stretched in unimaginable ways as you learn to carry this dream that grows inside of you. You attend classes and training, prepare everything in advance to welcome this dream to life and then before you could EVER be ready enough, the contractions start and the due date approaches!
Many of you are just about to give birth to a dream. I can’t sufficiently express the excitement, anxiety, expectancy and fear that go along with it! As Romans 8:22-25 (MSG) explains, You’ve been enlarged in the waiting with joyful expectancy for what is to come. You have prepared to the best of your ability and now the contractions have started. At any moment, you feel you could hyperventilate, but hear the voice of your father reminding you, “Breathe, Relax, Breathe!” Be still and know that He is God and joyfully enjoy the countdown until you hear Him say “PUSH, PUSH, PUSH!!!”
The church God has called you to plant alongside of your husband will be beautiful and messy all at the same time! There will be unexpected moments and things you could never prepare for. Just remember…Gods timing is perfect! Babies crawl before they walk and your church will too! Be patient with each season. Take a deep breath and enjoy the process! It’s going to be amazing! We are cheering for you!
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
(Zechariah 4:6 ESV)