My next door neighbor is an ornithologist. Do you know what that is? He’s a bird man.
He and his wife are excellent neighbors. We chatted about 10 days ago after their early evening stroll. Dr. J had noticed my robin’s nest over my front door a few weeks ago. I told him that the babies had already flown away. “Now, I have a duck nest”, I bragged. So they came over to see for themselves.
Almost immediately, Dr. J. rationalized that the birds were attracted to my condo because of the architecture. Unlike theirs, my front stoop seemed less open. It seemed more protective. I guess one could look at that way. (Between us, I think he was jealous).
I, however, challenged him. He is a bird expert, but I am a field agent of a different sort. “I guess you can see it that way”, I offered. “I see it differently. As a pastor, I consider myself a midwife of new birth. It’s a matter of perspective”. Dr. J. didn’t know what to say.
How do you see yourself? It really makes a difference.
- Beyond the classroom, are you a teacher? Then, you will attract opportunities to teach.
- Beyond the hospital, are you a doctor or nurse? Then, you will attract opportunities to heal.
- Beyond the desk, or the sales floor, are you a sales person? Then, you will attract opportunities to pitch big ideas.
- Beyond the university, are you a student? Then, you will attract opportunities to learn important things
- Beyond the home, are you a mother or father?, then you will attract opportunities to nurture others.
- Beyond the church or temple, you are a child of God; you will attract opportunities to act out your belovedness.
I have been out of town for the last 6 days. I got home last night and when I arrived, I checked on Ethel, my duck. Unfortunately, two eggs had been rolled away from the nest. I assume they were attacked by a predator of some sort.
I told Ethel how sad that made me, but reminded her that she was still a good mother. This morning when I checked on her, she shifted long enough for me to see that six ducklings had hatched.
I’m thankful I got home in time. I texted with a friend this morning sharing the good news of birth. He reminded me that Ethel had done all the hard work, not me. In my profession, the same is true. It’s not my job or my ability to take over the labor of new birth. At best, I am a midwife, an encourager, a coach.
Again, identity is a matter of perspective. I claim that among other things, I am a midwife. I will continue to attract opportunities to encourage and coach. How do you see yourself?
All around us, we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But, it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become and the more joyful our expectancy. Romans 8:22-25 The Message.