Labor Day 2011 – a day to be remembered forever. No need to babysit my grandsons since both parents were home for the day. Instead, I got to enjoy a relaxed, do nothing day that turned into a huge event by mid-afternoon when we received a text that our kids (son and daughter-in-law) were in the hospital laboring to bring into the world their first child, our third grandchild, and our first granddaughter. So September 5 truly turned out to be a labor day in every sense of the word.
The world has changed quite a bit since my own kids were born. Back then we made phone calls and took pictures that would then need to be developed (could take several days to a week), then snail mailed them to folks. The child was in college before the info and pictures were ever received!
But with today’s technology we have instant access and real time updates are expected. So texting throughout the afternoon and evening helped us feel as if we were in on everything, though we were 100 miles away. And I know how important the texts were for Sarah’s mom and dad who are about 12 hours away. They knew when things were happening and they knew right when that little one came into the world.
Here are two of my son’s texts: At 11:07pm we read “She’s here and she’s beautiful!” And my heart rejoiced. I knew more info was coming so I waited for the next one before running in to wake up hubby to share the news. Sure enough, a few minutes later, “18 inches, 6 lb. 2 oz., all fingers and toes.” How thrilling is that! Better yet a few minutes later we received some pictures and by midnight I was texting and emailing all my family members and friends. And yes, I finally woke up my husband to share the joy.
And while I love instant information I’m also reminded that sometimes what we want or need doesn’t come instantly. Sometimes we must wait and heaven forbid, sometimes we must be patient!
Psalm 27: 13-14 reminds us of this: “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
What a beautiful reminder that a loving God is indeed at work, even when we don’t see it, even when we don’t understand our circumstances, even when we feel abandoned.
My son and daughter-in-law had to patiently wait for 9 months to pass before they could meet their little girl. During that time all sorts of things were happening inside Sarah’s belly—things no one could see. A baby was being formed and it would take time. And the parents and family and friends had to trust in the process and be patient until the day of her birth. And boy! Was she worth the wait!
This waiting is a lesson we need to apply in all areas of our lives. Sometimes answers to prayer are instant (don’t we just love that!) but sometimes we have to wait…and wait…and wait. Yet we can completely trust God to be working on our behalf, no matter how long the wait. Then one day, in God’s perfect timing, the answer or fulfillment of a promise comes. And we realize it was all worth it.
This year Labor Day was especially fun and especially full of joy as we received our newest member of the family after waiting nine months to meet her. NOTE TO SELF: I can also learn to wait on God, to completely trust him and his timing, and to be strong during the process.