"But, Miss Scarlett---I don't know nuffin bout birfin no babies!"
My stories span three different decades and three entirely different experiences. I love to tell all three of them--and given even a slight chance-I am off to the races. That first birth experience though has the unique twist of facing the unknown---you think you know--but until you go there--you don't know. We prepare ourselves--read all the books--take all the courses--talk to those who have experienced the event trying to prepare--as if you could EVER be prepared!
The truth of the matter is--you could never explain the pain--until you have experienced the pain. You could never imagine the experience of another human being inside of your body--kicking-rolling-squirming-hic-coughing--poking-prodding unless you have known the sensation. You could never imagine an additional 10-20 pounds protruding from your front--sitting on your bladder--blocking any possible view of your feet for at least a couple of months. You could never know the sleepless nights when no position is comfortable and there is certainly no hope of sleeping on your stomach. You could never know the feeling you are starving to death--only to find 3 bites gives you incredible indigestion after stuffing you to the brim. There is no way to describe the wonderful--magical--miraculous experience of "Birthing Babies"!
Consider for a moment--an angel comes to you--I know STRANGE---said angel tells you---even though you are not married--have not been with a man--you are going to have a baby---God's Baby. Somehow the angel smooths things over with your husband to be---and you are on your way to birthing a baby. Experiencing all the normal cravings, sleeplessness, bloating, indigestion of a normal pregnancy--you are soon to have this special baby. AND THEN--the man in your life explains you need to go to a town four days walk --under the BEST of circumstances- to be counted for the census. OH JOY! You march forward though---some say on a donkey--and for four days--maybe as much as a week--you travel with family-maybe friends to be counted. You are not able to keep up--and arrive long after everyone else to the little town. As luck would have it-there is no Motel 6--no B & B--nor Hotel Hilton--NO room anywhere to stay. AND there seems to be the complication of after days of travel---the baby seems to have decided to make an appearance. FINALLY some stranger has pity and allows you to stay in the barn--with the animals---and there your baby is born. WHAT A BIRTHING BABIES STORY!
A story which has been told down through the ages--told and retold--every year your babies birth is remembered and celebrated. How could she have known this would be the case? All she knew was God had picked her--and she was obedient and fulfilled all that had been written. A birth story for the ages--a birth story that changed the fate of man--the beginning of the redemption story-of how God showered great grace upon mankind--and it all started with her obedience and willingness to "Birth a Baby."
But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.