“For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born. . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a).
For all who may be reading these words, congratulations, you made it through your “time to be born.” You are a survivor. You made it through your season of springing forth from the womb and greeting the world with your unique personhood, and being.
For many the womb was not a glorious place of life, but an ignoble place of dying. Those who did not break forth to life, but suffered the pains of death. Those who did not survive the cruelties of man. To them there was no announcement, “unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (cf. Isaiah 9:6a). There was no welcoming greeting. There was no day or night of labor; no mother’s travail to bring forth life; only the pains of agonizing darkness.
There is an irony of ironies in the painful death of the unborn. The un-born, that is a term on which to contemplate. Is the unborn the one who is yet to be born in his time; or is the unborn more the never born whose “time to be born” never arrives–whose “time to die” comes instead. Oh, the irony of the womb.
The womb–that warm, protected, secure place of sustaining nourishment in the care of another, the mother, the giver of life. The womb, the safe space, the peaceful place, of solitude and rest. The womb, the blessed place (cf. Genesis 49:25). The womb, the cocoon of glorious development and change, the pre-natal care-giving place of hope. Please do not change the “w” to a “t”, for heaven’s sake.
There was one glorious womb, the womb of the Blessed Virgin, who brought forth in “a time to be born” and with the announcement of Angels: “Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, Who is Christ, the LORD” (Luke 2:11). This One survived the womb, though Herod sought to have Him killed (cf. Matthew 2:16). This One grew and was manifested and declared to be the Son of God (cf. Romans 1:4). This One said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7).
“Born again.” Yes, born of the Spirit, the giver of Life. Out from the “Life giving Spirit” (cf. I Corinthians 15:45), are born from the “Last Adam” the “sons of God” (cf. Romans 8:21).
There is a “time to be born.” There is a time to be born again. It is your time to come to life, again. It is your time to break forth and break the curse and cruelty of death that held you bound. It is your time to break forth from the matrix of the Spirit and be born, again! Let there be no pre-natal death, no cutting off before the time; let there be life, life, life by the Spirit of our God!
The Apostle John in his Gospel wrote, “Who were born, not of blood, not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:13). Born of God, born by Him of Whom no man can interfere or deny.
The Apostle Peter writes: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which lives and abides forever” (I Peter 1:23).
The Apostle Paul declared: “When it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace to reveal His Son in me that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.” (Galatians 1:15-16).
This is your season. This is your time. This is your moment. Receive the promise of God; believe in hope given by the promise. Live. You are being called. You are being chosen. It is your time to be found faithful. Trust, obey, there is no other way. Can you hear the Master calling? Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling; this is your time to come home.
“I am come that you might have Life, and that you might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b)