Mary balanced and swayed in rhythm with the donkey, kilometre after gruelling kilometre with her already swollen feet getting larger by the hour as they dangled in space by the donkey’s side.
Eventually he comes to a halt enabling her to slide her tired body from his back to the ground. Both Mary and the donkey give a deep sigh of relief. Ah, to lie down. She lay on her aching back, cushioned from the hard earth beneath by a thin blanket, hands resting on her bulging belly.
Mary speaks soft and comforting words to her baby within, assuring the little one and herself, that everything is going to be just fine when they finally arrive in Bethlehem.
Mary was pregnant with possibility. There are occasional times in our life when we also are pregnant with a God initiated possibility. He will securely embed within the womb of your spirit a seed of possibility that will, in a future time, be birthed into reality.
As a young woman, I was observing and learning from our leader as she led with expertise the discussion in the women’s small group. My thoughts wandered and in that moment God planted a seed of possibility within my spirit. The seed was that one day in my future I would lead a women’s ministry that extended beyond the borders of my local church. I would bring women together and the ministry would be inclusive of different denominational streams.
I was flabbergasted by the enormity of the possibility and dwarfed by my absolute lack of ability to bring it to pass even if I wanted to, which I wasn’t exactly sure at that time that I did! I gave the whole idea back to God accompanied with a, ‘This is totally beyond me, but it isn’t beyond You. Let it be to me according to Your word.’
Time passed. I was asked to lead my own church’s women’s ministry where I personally grew, gained experience and developed my skill levels. All the while my love for and belief in God’s outstanding design for women flourished. During this period, I also transitioned from being a team member for a multi-denominational ministry to pastors’ wives in our city, to leading it.
A prophetic word followed in which God said that I would take this multi-denominational ministry to pastor’s wives and ministry women global. With the birth of Conversations with a Pastor’s Wife this seed which God planted within my spirit all those years ago has become an actuality.
The gestation or journey between God having planted a seed, a dream, a vision, an out-there idea, or a ‘You have got to be kidding me God’ thought, in your spirit and the birthing of it into a tangible reality is called faith.