While I understand that not everyone is equally thrilled at the thought of a pregnancy, in my own case, being pregnant was a profound sign of God’s kindness. Since I had feared I would be unable to have children, a positive pregnancy test was cause for great rejoicing. While I must confess that nothing compared to the thrill of seeing my newborn baby face to face for the first time, the sense of joyous expectation in the months prior to the birth was unlike any other sense of anticipation I had ever experienced. Suddenly, I began to view everything in my life through a different, albeit unfamiliar, lens — the lens of motherhood. I became a mother before I ever saw my child; that simple positive pregnancy test transformed my point of view in an instant. My heart began to rejoice before any outward signs of my new role were evident. My excitement was so great, that, the first time I was pregnant, I was convinced that my condition was immediately evident to the entire world.
Years later, I am keenly aware that many women do not feel this sense of rejoicing over a pregnancy. Of those who do, many have suffered miscarriage or disappointments or sorrows in conjunction with the circumstances of their pregnancies or deliveries. For many, the season of expectation that should be joyous turns into a season of painful trials and challenges.
However, I believe God wants to teach us a lesson about Himself. He sent Jesus Christ to us as the holy Seed of Himself. Paul writes in Colossians 1:15 that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” Although God created man in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27), the image of God in man was marred by sin. God sent His Son to restore and redeem what was lost — us! As we believe in the atoning work Jesus completed on the cross, we receive the gift of eternal life (which, by the way, starts NOW — not just after we physically die). That life is evident in us by the indwelling Holy Spirit of God. The life-giving Seed, the Presence of the living God, dwells in us by His Spirit!
Every seed contains the blueprint of the plant it is designed to become. In the sense that God Himself lives in us by His Spirit, we literally carry the DNA of God in our spirits. In that DNA is every quality of our heavenly Father: all the fruit of the Spirit, His very nature. Just as an acorn carries the DNA of the oak tree, believers carry the DNA of God. In 2 Corinthians 3:18, we read that we are progressively being transformed into the image of Jesus Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit. THAT is the power of the Seed, a Seed which NEVER fails to produce fruit. (“He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6)
So, what is the point, you might ask? The point is that we need to remember that what God has planted in us is truly HIMSELF, a Seed far more powerful than the seeds we plant in our backyard garden plots, a Seed that never fails, that never returns void (Isaiah 55:10-13). What great confidence we can have in Him, the lover of our souls! What great rejoicing we can and should have over His harvest in and through our lives, even before we see physical evidence of that harvest! Just as I rejoiced with tremendous expectation over the baby I had not yet seen, God wants me to rejoice over His life in me before all His promises are evident to my human eyes. He wants me to rejoice over the Seed in the same way I rejoice over the Harvest, to retain my sense of expectation of His amazing love and life-giving purpose to be made evident (Jeremiah 29:11), to remember that the Creator of the universe loves me personally and passionately and will keep His Word. He WILL transform me and redeem the broken places in my life.
God promises that “those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:5-6) God sees our trials, our sorrows, our labors, our challenges, and He wants us to remember Who HE is and power of His Presence in us. Father, I ask you to download in me the joy of the harvest and allow me to see my fields from Your perspective!