by Priya Samuel
“Come on, push! Don’t clench your teeth— you’ll divert the pressure! Oh… I think that’s a cystocele there…”
I was looking forward to an easy “drive thru” delivery. After all, this was my third child and my second labor was only four hours long. The pushing part was so quick! Plop! Instant joy!
But not this time…
Hubby Dearest was worried that I might turn into the Incredible Hulk with all the veins on my face and neck bulging. Labor was painful and difficult and it left a mark— a cystocele. That means if mommy isn’t careful, little baby won’t be the only one wearing the diaper!
Praise God for His grace— He blessed us with a healthy baby boy named Daven James and I had a quick physical recovery.
But I was also given grace as my faith was strengthened through this ordeal.
My husband shared my story with a woman at church, to which she replied with her face buried in her hands, “Oh my! The curse, the curse!”
And there, in the middle of my temptations to respond sinfully in self-pity or blaming my husband or my baby for my pain, the lights of hope came on! Let me explain…
You may have read what God said to Eve after she was caught in sinful disobedience in the Garden of Eden:
“To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children.” Genesis 3:16
My difficult labor served as a reminder to me of the good news of the gospel.
Childbearing wasn’t supposed to be this way. Painful labor points us to our sinful nature—it is but a fraction of how offensive our sin is to a holy God. Pain in labor is a reminder to women that all is not well with the world.
But these pains are not a hopeless reminder. We can have hope because of the redemption promised in the preceding verse,
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15
In that verse God promised that a Redeemer would come and save us from our sin, crush Satan and restore all things! This is the Gospel! Hallelujah!
God in His great love and mercy has saved us from our own sins by sending His Son Jesus to pay the full penalty for our sin. Jesus satisfied God’s wrath against our sin by dying on the cross in our place. God the Father raised Jesus from the dead on the third day. Whoever repents, believing in Christ and His saving work on the cross, will not die but have eternal life and Christ’s righteousness will be credited to us. What an amazing exchange for undeserving sinners!
Oh, that we would live our lives at the foot of the cross. How we need the Gospel for our daily sanctification!
What do you think? Are there other gospel meditations we can make through the occasion of childbirth? How might you share this truth with a non-Christian friend who has just had a baby?
ABOUT THE WRITER
Priya is from Hyderabad and is trained in physiotherapy. Her husband Anand is a pastor at United Christian Church of Dubai. They have three boys with soul-searching brown eyes (Rohan, Aryan and Daven). Priya’s morning always starts with a cup of tea with evaporated milk and 5 tsp of sugar. She loves to search the Old Testament Scriptures to see how they point to Jesus.