Recently in a facebook group that is fighting for parental rights, someone quoted the song “Jesus take the Wheel” sung by Carrie Underwood. I love that song, it is so pretty, but it also has a great message.
The chorus says:
“Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
‘Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
And save me from this road I’m on
Jesus, take the wheel”
The situation in the song has NOTHING to do with delivering babies, but the message still applies.
There are doulas and midwives, doctors and nurses who will call you a ‘birth goddess’ or cheer you on as you deliver your baby, and while I disagree with calling any woman a goddess, I would argue that in that moment it feels great to tell a woman how wonderful she is doing, and as a mom delivering a baby it is great to hear. But there is one voice in our great country, who lives much too far away for me to meet her in person, that says we are not the only ones playing a part in our births. The truth this woman speaks is amazing and was something my own heart had been feeling for a long time, but I just didn’t have the words to put it in… Kierra Blasser. Kierra just has a heart for Jesus, it is all over her website, and in her podcasts, and she is a super sweet and friendly woman (I’ve only spoken to her through e-mail but it counts).
After taking Kierra’s childbirth class I finally (Yeah it took me seeing how someone else did it to understand how I could) got how God fit in the birth of my babies. All we have to do is recognize that he is there, just like in everything else. And let him take the wheel.
The truth is, we can’t do anything on our own, and birth is incredibly hard, so to think we are ‘goddesses’ and do birth on our own is just silly.
In the midst of a whirlwind two hour labor with my daughter Esmarie there was a time when I was completely alone, and felt like a child, I cried out to Jesus and said “I don’t want to be alone” and the answer spoken directly into my heart was “You aren’t”. And from that moment until my birth team finally arrived I had another song in my heart…
“I am not alone” by Kari Jobe
“When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me”