Her water broke…
Clara was rolled into the theater, with her husband running behind the nurses, soaked in sweat and splatters of the broken water on his trouser, it was slimy.
“I’m sorry sir you can’t come in, her blood pressure is up and she’s almost having a panic attack, she’s gone into labor already”
“No, there’s no way! I have to be there!!!” “We’re sorry sir” they replied.
Sweat broke out across his face and it looked like he was the one with the panic attack. He loved her and would give anything to take her place in that labor room, but of course, that couldn’t happen.
Clara couldn’t take a minute more of the pain but she had insisted on pushing all the way. She was a nurse and had helped deliver countless kids. But this was even more painful than she expected. With her
legs spread out and head hurting so badly she thought she’d faint, Clara blasted into
“I can’t do it doc, I can’t!”
“Ma’am you have to push. The head is already out and this baby will die if you don’t!” The doctor’s voice was getting more intense and sharp.
Clara began to cry again, she had dreamt many nights about this baby, her girl, her first baby after five miscarriages.
“Doc, I’m so tired, please, I’m getting really weak”
“Get her husband in here right now”, ordered the doctor
They didn’t need to call his name a second time before Jeff came in rushing to her
side: “Baby, I’m here”
“It’s too painful!”
“I know my love, and I would give anything to do this for you, but I can’t” He began
sobbing as she screamed releasing a measure of the pain on his hands, he could bet blood wasn’t flowing in them at that moment.
“Baby, listen to me. For every child we lost, push!”
“For all the years that went by, baby push!”
“For everyone that laughed at you, push!!!”
“For the joy of having your own child, baby, pushhhh!!!!!”
And for the first time, Clara heard a cry that made her smile; it was the cry of a new born baby; Her very own.
You may be young, but you’re not young at all. You may have tried one thing or the other, or some of you may not even have a clue where to start. But there’s a hand holding you right now. Saying, you’ve wasted enough time wondering if you’re good enough, being afraid of the possibility of failure, it’s time to push. You’ve probably been a great part of someone else’s dream, you’ve helped birth other visions, that’s fantastic, but at the end of the journey, you stand alone on the finish line. So this is for you:
For everyone that talked you down,
For all the times your name was forgotten,
For the family that said they won’t support you,
For that friend that betrayed you,
For the mistakes that try to hunt you,
For every time you tried and failed,
I don’t promise that there’ll be no pain, as a matter of fact, I guarantee that you would have to cry sometimes, other times, you would want to give up, and it will look like every bone in your body is breaking into pieces, but for that dream in your heart, that change you want to make, that future you saw, IT’S TIME TO PUSH.
People can love you, encourage you, and motivate you, but when it comes down to the time to push, no two women give birth to one child. Make your pain useful, turn it into labor pain!
YOU STAND NOW WITH A CHOICE TO MAKE, PUSH OR GIVE UP.
What‘re you gonna do?
Someone one send me that little story on whatsapp, and it made me think about that word Push and I realized that there was a particular meaning given to this word push, letter for letter, which is:
But, looking at it one can also put their own meaning like instead of pray, use play, panic, paint, pace, persist, persevere and many other combinations.. But the common thing there is even with the real meaning of the word “push” is that whatever you do, something will happen.
So we see that everyone has a way to get something to happen, some pray, others play, persevere, paint, panic, some even panic or pace; and others combinations one can use that start with P. The only difference will be the result, that something that will happen afterwards. Therefore, we agree that, what you do with the “P” will determine what will happen next or the results that you will get.
Putting all those metaphors and abbreviations aside, let’s consider the word push as a whole. The word push implies 4 things:
- A reason or cause
- Difficulty or resistance
- Desired result or objective
In other words for one to push, there has to be a reason or a cause and one has to put in some effort because there is difficulty or resistance; that is it is not easy to achieve otherwise you wouldn’t have to push and all that effort will yield a result, the objective one wanted to achieve in the first place. So therefore, you cannot stop pushing until you get to your desired goal and objective; the focus, the reason of all that pushing and exerting so much effort is to achieve the goal.
Now that that’s settled, the issue now is how to make something happen! What is the best way to achieve our objective? What is the formula of success in all you do?
In order to see this clearly, I believe it is wise to look at history and learn from past experiences and accomplishments to see if there be anyone we can learn from and emulate. There is a saying that says that experience is the best teacher. But I believe that experience is a good teacher because experience will charge you too much tuition. By the time you’re done learning from experience, you’ll have no time to put in practice what you have learned.
Certainly there has been many wonderful and awesome accomplishments of men; men have made airplanes, cars, build buildings, bridges, roads, awesome gadgets, wifi, some even went to the moon, discovered galaxies, sent robots to other planets, and other accomplishments are still coming.
But the problem with learning from history is that, looking carefully around you will find that men don’t really like to learn from history.
A man will see his neighbor wallowing in his vomit because of drunkness, and he’d still go right on and get drunk.
A fellow will see his friends coming from a bad trip, and he’d go on the same trip.
You will see your neighbor stealing and getting caught and yet you’d still go out also to steal.
Men just don’t want to learn from experiences of other men. And they’re right!!
Men have certainly done great things but there’s one thing that they have all failed to conquer: Death.
All of them geniuses, inventors and great men we read about; have all died. And to me, this one thing disqualifies them from being good role model. You can use all the products and have all the surgeries you want but at the end, you’re gonna get old and die.
There’s only one man who has conquered Death and that man is JESUS CHRIST!!
The bible says, this man was extraordinary, awesome; really no words can truly describe him. In Acts 10:38:” How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.
This man Jesus Christ did what no man had done before Him and today his record still stands. Let’s look at some of the things He did:
- He supplies strength for the weak
- He heals the sick
- He cleansed the lepers
- He delivers the captives
- He defends the feeble
- He serves the unfornate
- He regard the aged
- He walked on water
- He rose from the grave
- He literally flew/ ascended to heaven
I wish I could describe Him to you but He’s indescribable, He’s incomprehensible, He’s invincible, He’s irresistible, the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explain Him. Once you get a hold of Him, you realise that you can’t get Him out of your mind, you can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him
The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him but they found out they couldn’t stop Him, Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him, death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him. [That’s my King by SM Lockridge]
This same Jesus is the creator of everything that we see here on earth. So therefore, I’d say that He’s more than qualified to be our role model. so, back to our topic, let’s see how He did things, how He was able to do what He did.
First thing the bible tells us is that Jesus was prayerful man. Matt 14:23, Mark 1:35, Mark 6: 46, Luc 5:16, and many other verses in the bible
This shows us that Jesus took time to pray and if you read in the bible, men that really had an impact on their generation were all prayerful men, like Elijah, Daniel, Moses, just to name a few. So prayer is very important. But is it all? I mean do we just pray and wait for things to happen? Remember in our definition of the push, we saw that there has to be effort or work to make something happen.
The bible also tells us that apart from praying, Jesus worked. John 4:34:” …..my meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work.”
John 5: 36:” But I have a greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father has given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me that the Father has sent me.”
John 9: 4:” I must work the works of Him that sent me whilst it is day; the night cometh, when no man can work.”
See friends, Jesus was a workman, He worked the works that He was sent to do. May believers today just pray and do nothing. They think that something will happen all on its own, yet there’s no such thing. God will not do your work for you, He will only give you the strength and assistance whilst you’re doing it. God will not walk the journey for you, He will give you the strength to walk. You and I have a role to play.
That’s why this statement that PUSH simply means Pray Until Something Happens is incomplete and can never really bring about results.
This you gotta do: “PRAY AS IF EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON GOD, WORK AS IF EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON YOU.”
Friends, this right there, is the formula of success. So apart from praying, we got work to do.
Finaly, Eph 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
That verse means that we have works, good works that God has prepared for us to do, it may be in your career, your education, your country, society, your family,whatever it is; you have work to do; a role to play!
Even the bible says in James 2:14, 17-18, 20, 24, 26, that faith without works is dead. Also remember that we pray in faith or by faith[ James 1: 5-7], and faith without works is dead meaning that prayer without works is meaningless, void, empty and often times destructive.
May the Lord Jesus who is our role model, bless you as you pray and work and may your dreams come true,
May everything that you lay your hand to do succeed because Jesus promised that He is with us always even to the ends of the earth, In the Mighty Name of Jesus, Amen!!!
Remember The Best Is Always Yet To Come!!!