Have you really ever thought about the stages of pregnancy?
Let’s look at the definition (courtesy of google):
- (of a woman or female animal) having a child or young developing in the uterus.
- full of meaning; significant or suggestive.”a pregnant pause”
It’s a cycle broken down into three stages: 1st trimester, 2nd trimester and the 3rd trimester.
Most importantly, during the pregnancy, there is one thing we tend to overlook – the mother’s expectancy – she carries a full spirit of expectancy – she expects that in 9 months, God’s willing, she will be holding her baby in her hands.
She is expectant of her promise, the promise of her baby.
Let’s look at the definition of promise, courtesy of google:
- a declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen.”what happened to all those firm promises of support synonyms:word of honour, word, assurance, pledge, vow, guarantee, oath, bond, undertaking, agreement, commitment, contract, covenant, compact”if I don’t go I’ll be breaking my promise”
- an indication that something is likely to occur.
But before this promise, there is a wait.
This wait is split into seasons – better yet, correct medical lingo – trimesters. Before a mother can meet her baby, she must go through a total of 3 trimesters. Each trimester comes with its own characteristics – each important for the preparation of the birth of her baby.
If the mother tries to give birth before the appointed time her baby is deemed premature or sadly will not make it. She has a 40 week wait.
Isaiah 40:31 New International Version (NIV) says:
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
So with all that said – why do we try to settle for premature blessings? Why are we impatient with God’s promises? Why do we continue to try to rush God’s process?
Let’s get into the stages:
1st trimester: During this trimester, the woman is not showing that she is pregnant but she starts to have symptoms. She knows she is pregnant based on a test she took or by visiting her doctor. She is pregnant – no visible signs, just symptoms. Her mood and appetite usually changes as the body prepares for the changes it is about to undergo.
At the beginning of every season, there are signs of change. The things you used to yearn for you no longer desire. As you grow and mature spiritually, intellectually and emotionally – you will no longer be interested in what USED to satisfy you.
2nd trimester: The woman starts to show signs of pregnancy “baby bump” and her 1st trimester symptoms usually die down. She has now increased in size and weight. She has now grown physically. At this stage she is usually adds to her preparation by buying new clothes.
As seasons change you will outgrow mindsets, people, relationships + friendships and your previous season. We can’t continue to hide or downplay our God given potential because we are afraid of change. We can’t fit into clothes we already outgrew. We can’t continue to sit in situations that we already outgrew. We can’t grow into a new thing without also growing out of the old thing!
Ephesians 4:22-24 New Living Translation (NLT) says:
22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
3rd trimester: The expectant mother looks and feels pregnant. She has discomfort when she lies down, gets up and walking makes her breathless. She is only a few weeks away but the “burden” seems heavier to carry. Does she give up on her baby? No! She still patiently waits on her delivery day because she understands how important it is to carry her baby to full term.
So many of us want to skip our own trimesters to have an instant gratification of the promise. The third trimester makes me think of faith + obedience. A lot of times when it begins to get hard, we are ready to throw in the towel- call it quits because it’s so uncomfortable or it doesn’t look like anything is going to be happening soon enough – on our timing. SO MANY OF US ARE SO CLOSE TO THE PROMISE AND GIVE UP! Noah started building and was faithful for almost 100 years. Noah developed consistency in his obedience.
Growth is not comfortable. Change will never be comfortable – but the promise is worth the wait. God’s timing is worth the wait.
Faith in God + Focus on what God is doing in your life. Be content in your trimester (season). Each one is important and adds to the next.
2 Peter 3:9 New Living Translation (NLT) says:
9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
Don’t give up on your baby (promise)!
lots of love,
The Graced Citizen