Last week I had the opportunity to hear one of my favorite women preachers in the faith, Prophetess Janet Floyd deliver a timely word in Chicago to the people of God. With this being the last blog that I will write for the month of September, I was thinking about the message she preached from the book of Genesis 35. I’m not going to go into the entirety of Genesis 35 (in your spare time read it), but where I want to focus my attention on is Gen 35:16-17 “Then they journeyed from Bethel. And when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor. Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, Do not fear; you will have this son also.” Now I’m going to try my best to explain this to you will out getting excited.
You see, we are in the 9th month of the year, the 3rd trimester of our spiritual pregnancy and it’s now time to give birth. You’ve been carrying this seed from God with periods of spiritual pregnancy symptoms (people lied on you, money look funny, seems like God stop talking to you, loneliness, depression, everybody look like they getting blessed, but you etc.). You probably asked God “what in the world did I do, why am I going through so much pain” and He say’s “you’re pregnant.” Some of you reading this may be mothers in the natural and know that all pregnancies are not pretty. You have reached your delivery date and your water has broken and begun to flow. Let me take you back to Gen 35 for a moment to relate our dear sister Rachel to your current pregnancy.
Gen 35:16 “Then they journeyed from Bethel. And when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor.” I want you to know that Bethel means where God dwells. Hopefully most of you during your spiritual pregnancy stayed in Gods presence. Just as Rachel herself departed from Bethel at the end of her pregnancy; she still had labor pains and had hard labor. I’m not sure why Rachel left Bethel to travel to Bethlehem, but I know that on her way she gave birth and died. Don’t carry your seed, give birth, die spiritually, and allow your seed to be adopted by somebody else. Carry your seed with pride. Understand that when things get hard “its just labor pains.” Anything that we give birth to you have to endure pain, so don’t get discouraged by the amount of pain you currently feel. I want to share a story with you that Prophetess Janet Floyd shared during her sermon. She shared a story about her friend of hers (we will call her cookie) who was at her 3rd trimester telling another friend “whatever you do, don’t have a baby” it’s painful. As Cookie was telling her friend to not have a baby as she stood 9 months pregnant there were two little ones grabbing on to her, one about 4 and the other about 6 saying “momma.” The friend looked at Cookie and said, Cookie, if pregnancy is so bad why are you on child number 3? Cookie looked at her friend and said because after I gave birth and saw what was produced all the pain was WORTH IT! If this doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will.
Lastly, Gen 35:17 “Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, Do not fear you will have this son also.” So it appears that this was not Rachel’s first child either. For you, I want you to take from this that we all need a midwife. Those midwives in our lives when we are pregnant are spiritual mothers in the faith, mentors or even a great shepherd. These people will help cultivate what’s already inside of you. They can see the end result and see pass all of the pain. These people are here to coach you along the way while you carry this seed. When you go into labor to give birth they will stand by your side saying, “push.” Thank God for your spiritual family because without them I believe none of us will make it. Again I say you are in the 9th month, you are now in labor, push, and give birth!