Galatians 4:19-20″My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you–but I could wish to be present with you now and to change my tone, for I am perplexed about you.”
Only a woman knows the labor and pain suffered during the birth of a child. Afterwards she experiences the fruit of her labor as the child is placed in her arms. From that time on her life will never be the same. She no longer looks for her needs to be met, but focuses on the needs of that child. I learned everything I know about being a mother by watching Jesus nurture His disciples. They were His spiritual children that God had given them.
I often feel as Paul in Galatians as he expresses to the children God had given him in Galatia, I am in labor again with my children, but it is spiritual labor that last much longer. I will labor in intercession, desperately trying to impart all that God has given me to them. I am no longer giving them temporal physical life, but eternal life in Christ. I will labor as long as He gives me strength til I see Christ formed in each of my children’s lives. We live in different states, and I am often perplexed by them, but the Holy Spirit is not. As I reel in confusion He leads me into all truth about each one as promised in His Word. He was faithful in labor and birth, and He was faithful when I had them in my home. He is faithful as I labor from a distance to see Christ formed in my adult children’s lives, and He will be faithful to you and yours as well. Let us mothers and fathers be able to not shrink back in shame when this temporal life is over. May we proclaim with Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) O how I long to hear, “well done thy good and faithful servant” from my Savior who labors with me.
In His love.
The incredible family I labor for!