I’m pretty sure that there isn’t a chapter on “Having Your Baby in the Middle of a Pandemic” in any of the baby books that I’ve been reading.
My wife and I are due to have our first child in less than a month, and we could never have expected or imagined the circumstances that we would be bringing our first child into.
In early March, I had the amazing honor of going to Pastor Kevin Gerald’s book launch. (Shameless plug: We all definitely have more time now, and you should read and soak in what is in his book Naked and Unafraid.)
While at his book launch, I had the opportunity to ask Ps. Kevin a question, “If you were to tell an expecting father one thing before the birth of his first child, what would it be?” I will never forget his answer,
“Every blessing is a burden, and every burden is a blessing. It just depends on what you call it.”
What I noticed before the craziness of this season was that I had two minds about having a baby in about a month. The first mind I had was that I wanted to meet my baby today. I wanted to hold it, speak to it, name it. That was 100% true. The second mind was that I wanted to soak up every last second that my wife and I had together before we had our first child and our lives were forever changed. That was also 100% true.
The same is true of every blessing and burden in our life. It can be 100% a blessing and 100% a burden.