Stages

My last baby was born 24 years ago today. I remember how scared I was when I was pregnant with my first baby. But pregnancy has stages; each trimester is different.

The first stage the baby is a secret between you, your husband, and your doctor. It’s an amazing time knowing a little person is growing inside you.

The second stage is when you can no longer hide your secret. You start planning the nursery and being congratulated by your friends and family.

The third trimester is harder. You have to pee. All. The. Time! You can’t get comfortable. You can’t sleep. By the end of those months, you are ready to do anything to get this baby out! You hit the nesting stage, and in an odd burst of energy, you spring clean your house.

Labor and delivery have stages, too. It starts small with 10-minute breaks and the breaks get shorter. You work through the labor, breathing as if you are running a marathon. Then it’s time to push and you know the pain will all go away as soon as you give birth.

The stages don’t end there. You go through: infancy, toddlerhood, preschool, school, middle school, high school, college, basic training, and then they fall in love.

Even love has stages: becoming “Facebook official,” engaged, and then married. And it starts all over again: pregnancy, labor, delivery, and you fall in love with your baby’s baby.

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Our Christian walk is in stages, too. You don’t say “yes” to Christ and wake up the next day in China or Africa as a missionary.

Genesis 12:9, “Then Abram continued traveling south by stages toward the Negev.” New Living Translation

Abram took a detour to Egypt because of a famine. But even after a detour, God continued leading him on in stages.

Genesis 13:3, “From the Negev, they continued traveling by stages…” New Living Translation

You may be in the early stages of your Christian walk, or maybe coming back from a detour. Or you have walked through many stages with Jesus Christ. You never arrive, but you also never walk alone.

“Happy Birthday, Derek!”

Dear Father God,

Bless Derek today on his birthday. I know You will guide him through all the stages ahead. I know You are not finished with me and I find comfort in the fact You will be with me every step of every stage I go through. Make my next step clear.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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