Advent: We Are Enlarged in the Waiting

pregnant 2Thanks to Facebook, I have seen the inside of more women’s wombs than I had expected to in my lifetime (especially considering my choice to follow a more artistic/less ob-gyn sort of vocation).  The sonogram shots that more and more pregnant women are posting in lieu of their Facebook profile pictures (or simply as additions to their online photo libraries) are profound statements about the ultimate reality of life.  What do I mean?

This morning, I was reading the Bible.  I do this often because I believe what we read shapes us in some way and I like the way the Bible and the God the Bible reveals shapes me.  In particular, I was reading in a book called Romans.  In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul (one of the famous pillars of the Christ-ian church) paints an incredible picture, one literally bursting its frame with hope.  After introducing what he believes is the true nature of life as it was meant to be, he says this:

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is stirring us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

We are enlarged in the waiting. What is true of pregnant women is true for those of us who choose to hope in the God of the Bible.  It remains true even (and often especially) when we can’t yet see it or fully understand it.  “But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.”

Joy.  That is the point.  Joy in the waiting.  Joy in the delivery.  Joy.

So be nice to pregnant women.  Their bodies are a prophetic symbol of God’s in-breaking love; a symbol of hopeful anticipation and unimaginable joy.

May those blurry black-and-white sonogram pics on Facebook remind us of that today.

(re-posted from Sept. 21, 2009, because, by golly, I’m taking the weekend off – Happy Beginning of Advent!)


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Posted on November 25, 2011, in lifestyle, relationships, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Great stuff, Jesse.

    I’m very curious what happens when you and Katie DO decide to have children. Will your view be reinforced? Will you think, “Jesse me boy, you had no freaking clue.”? Will you gain a deeper insight into God’s love or will it distract you?

    Curious minds want to know…

    • Thanks a ton for the comment, Kurt. It’s a good question. My thought would be that since child-rearing is one of those built-in-to-the-universe-since-the-beginning sort of thing that it will ultimately be an add rather than a distraction. My money’s on the idea that as soon as I see my new kid (whenever that may be), it will be very clear:-)

  2. i’m commenting again- because i have had this exact same scripture (from the message) on my mind for a few days. tired of being pregnant (not literally), or “held back.” wanting to be “released!”
    but yes, HE is enlarging me in the process -i’ve got spiritual stretch marks to prove it!
    i can’t wait for delivery! oh there is ALWAYS JOY in delivery (both physically and spiritually).

    thanks friend.

    • Denise – you’re awesome. Thanks for the encouraging words. I’m glad you resonated with the post, especially since you’re the expert blogger! Happy anniversary once more to you and Mike!

  3. Hey Jesse-
    Having been one of those pregnant sonogram posting people I appreciated this post! More than this post though, I appreciate the fact that I am NO longer pregnant! 🙂
    Just ordered the book off Amazon!! Can’t WAIT to get it!

  4. OK… loving your blog. Could be a habit for me. This post very lovely. Maybe a baby Jesse will come along soon.

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