“When’s your due date?” “Do you usually go before or after your due date?” “Are you all ready for the baby?” These are just a few of the questions posed when you’re about to be a mom for the first, second or tenth time. Everyone asks. All have opinions.
Most don’t have a clue.
It is hard to grasp the idea of how long that last month of pregnancy really is! If a normal 4 weeks is 28 days, then a ninth month in pregnancy is 107.84 days long. The nights are even longer. Your back aches. Your feet are swollen. You have to go to the bathroom every 2 minutes. You can’t get comfortable with 3 pillows or the really long one or with a heating pad or with the fan on or with your husband rubbing your back.
It’s just an endless time.
But it’s not. You know the baby will be born. So, you buy the precious little stuff and decorate the nursery. You arrange the living room 11 different ways and clean and cook. And you pray. The last sometimes seems like an afterthought. After all, there’s so much do getting ready for baby. But when you pause and put your hand on your kicking belly, feeling the life within, you remember.
Everything you do in loving preparation for the big day is because God loved you first.
He sent His only son to die on the cross so you can have eternal life. God made this choice for you. All you have to do is trust in faith, hope for Heaven, love the Lord God and your fellow human being. Okay, well that IS a tall order. But it is worth it.
Yes, there’s so much important preparation for a new baby’s birthday. No one can be in your shoes and know what you experience. The pain, the tears, the joy, the love, the hope for the future. The promise of eternity.
Be ready, be prepared and be vigilant.
The day is approaching. As you complete your to-do lists, pray and listen to his heartbeat. He’s here already. You just won’t see Him until the big day.