I am in my third trimester with my third child. We have a 4 year old boy, a 2 year old girl, and we are pregnant with our next daughter. I will be honest with you and say that pregnancy is hard on me. Some people have very pleasant pregnancies and barely know they are with child, but that is not my situation. I have ailments from the first month until a couple months after I deliver.
I was watching “The Nativity Story” movie by Mike Rich and wondering what Mary’s pregnancy was like. I can tell you that if I rode a donkey to Bethlehem and had to give natural birth in a dirty barn, I would not be a happy mommy.
Last week, I was in the adult worship service, swaying to the fast worship songs and singing my heart out, until I started having contractions. Braxton Hicks are normal at this stage of pregnancy, but they still aren’t pleasant for me. No more dancing. I was sitting for the rest of the worship service as the Braxton Hicks kept coming.
I began to ponder about what my little girl in the womb was experiencing. I believe she is connecting with the Holy Spirit while growing in my womb. I believe she is keenly aware of the presence of God even as a developing baby because she has a soul. She has a personality. She has a connection to the spirit world already. I wondered if my unborn child was worshiping Jesus from the womb.
I wonder if Mary could feel that same connection with this God-child in her womb. Did she experience more of God while carrying God in her womb? I think she did. What a beautiful thought that my sacrifice of pregnancy brings my family a beautiful human to love forever. What a beautiful thought that Mary sacrificed her body to bring every generation Jesus. Truly Immanuel is God with us.