Today I thought about my younger son and daughter-in-law’s first baby, due in June 2014. It made me think about the first time my husband and I became parents.
The day before my oldest son was born I had some contractions. I was able to ignore them because they were so mild. I had been feeling them for a little while during the day and after we had dinner my husband’s friend decided to time them. They were 10 minutes apart.
The contractions didn’t really hurt so it was easy to continue with regular activities.
It wasn’t until early morning that the pain became stronger. The contractions were also closer together—three minutes apart. It was harder to ignore them because there were so many and they were so intense.
Then I thought about all the natural disasters we’ve been having. It’s true that we’ve had natural disasters before, but it seems like there are more of them now and they are more powerful. The latest natural disaster was Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), described as a “super typhoon” with winds as high as 200 miles an hour, that hit my mother’s homeland.
I remembered these Scripture verses from the book of Matthew:
“…There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come…
…Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door” (Matthew 24:7-8, 32-33).
“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!” (Matthew 11:15).
Could it be that we are witnessing the earth’s birth pains?