I make pregnancy look easy. No morning sickness. Full term. Quick and effortless deliveries. No painful contractions. I’m a baby-making machine. At least that’s the story I tell people.
It’s all true but there’s more to the story. Like many first-time moms-to-be, I was petrified. I was scared of miscarrying. I was scared of getting fat, scared of consuming too much mercury. Scared of the delivery. Scared of losing myself in this new little person. Just scared.
I heard horror stories from family and friends about their pregnancies. My mom was in labor for 15 hours with my brother. A girlfriend waited for several hours for hospital admission because they were out of beds. Another girlfriend was sent home because her contractions were only 10 minutes apart. Can you imagine enduring a stabbing pain every 10 minutes and told to go home? PETRIFIED.
Someone gave me a book by Jackie Mize called, Prayers and Promises for Supernatural Childbirth. Jackie was told by doctors that she could not have children. She and her husband took the matter to the Word of God. Four babies later, she wrote a book to help the rest of us.
I skipped to the chapter on painless childbirth. In sum, Jackie reminded readers that a painful childbirth was a curse because of Eve’s disobedience, but Jesus’ came and cancelled the curse. And when we accepted Him as our Savior, we were also released from the curse. So why are so many Christian women suffering painful childbirth? Because the truth does not set you free. It’s the truth you know, understand and believe that sets you free. If you don’t know that the curse was reversed, you will still operate under it. Jackie brought me into knowledge and understanding and I wasn’t letting God off the hook.
I wasn’t even a good Christian, if you will, when I read this book. But in my paralyzing fear, I reminded God that according to His promises I was no longer under the curse and prayed for an easy pregnancy and delivery. Like Franklin Roosevelt, Jesus introduced a New Deal and I wanted in!
Fast forward, my water broke with both pregnancies, requiring priority hospital admission. When the nurse said it was game time, Reese was born in 20 minutes and Ron Anthony was born in three pushes. I know- T.M.I. But that’s what God was willing to do for me, a lukewarm, fence-straddling Christian.
Recently, in attempt to shorten the family devotion time, my son selected Genesis 3 as our text. The chapter was random, but the selection of Genesis was intentional. He didn’t think I could pull a lesson out of the Adam and Eve story; or at least not a lengthy one.
Silly, silly boy. One day, you’ll learn your mother.
Guess what?! Chapter three so happens to be the same chapter in which God declares His judgment on Adam and Eve for eating from the Tree of Knowledge. Chapter Three is where He tells her she will be cursed with painful childbirth.
Can you hear me laughing? Little Boy, not only do I have a lesson, I have a testimony! I shared the same story with them, but with graphic details- just to make them squirm. But the laugh would be on me.
He told the Man:
“Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from, ‘Don’t eat from this tree,’ The very ground is cursed because of you; getting food from the ground will be as painful as having babies is for your wife; you’ll be working in pain all your life long. The ground will sprout thorns and weeds, you’ll get your food the hard way, planting and tilling and harvesting, sweating in the fields from dawn to dusk, until you return to that ground yourself, dead and buried; you started out as dirt, you’ll end up dirt.” Genesis 3: 17-19, MSG Version.
Eve was cursed with painful childbirth and Adam was cursed with having to work for their food. The earth no longer yielded to him. Adam now had to till and toil to provide for him and Eve. So, if having work, to toil to provide for oneself is a curse, then we can infer that God’s original plan was that He would provide for us. And in doing so, He commanded the land to yield to us effortlessly.
This hit me hard. Like many people, I put in more than 40-hours a week. I bring work home, robbing time from my kids. I’m always praying for creative and innovative ideas so that I’m indispensible to my employer. I pray for creative and innovative ideas so I can be my own employer. I’ve wondered if I will have enough to live on in my old age. Wondered how long I will have to work for income versus work for fun. I’ve been operating under the curse!
As I reread that scripture with my children, I heard the Spirit of God ask, “What truth will you choose to know, understand and believe?” Flashing back to 2002, I replied, “Jesus cancelled the curse. When I accepted Him as my Savior, I was released from the curse. I’m not letting You off the hook. Jesus introduced a New Deal and I want in! I will not toil. The ground will yield to me. You are my source. I want the sweat-less blessing.”
This story is still being written. I’m trying to be specific with God, sketching out what a yielded ground in my life would look like. Is it that the book deal comes to me? I’m not sure. A sweat-less existence seems almost anti-American. But I’ve decided: If He did it before, He can do it again.
When it does happen, when I see the tangible results of the cancelled curse, you’ll be the first to know. I look forward to sharing all the graphic details with you!
Love you! God has a plan for your life. Agree with it and watch Him blow your mind!