Heaviness and Newness

There is a painful swelling that happens during pregnancy.

A round womb full of life, full of hope.

But also very full and tired and ready.

Ready for the birth of the baby.

Ready for the heaviness to be over.


Isn’t this the way of birthing all new things?

A painful swelling as something new is being knitted together.

And the heaviness is exhausting.

It irritates and stretches tight.

Ready for the heaviness to be over.


When the knitting is complete, it is time.

But birthing something new isn’t restful or easy.

It is a painful labor, travail, work.

What if the mother refuses the work?

All the stretching the heaviness would be in vain.


So we must choose as God knits new things in our lives.

Will we let the painful swelling be for naught?

Will we hold tight to the heaviness because it is the burden we know?

Will we say it is too hard and give up?

Or will we do the true labor to allow God to birth something new?


 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5a (ESV)

Is God knitting something new in your life? How can we pray for you as you labor?


Angela Mackey

Angela Mackey

Angela Mackey lives in the Arkansas River Valley with her wonderfully supportive husband and three amazing children. She is passionate about teaching women to renew their minds through God’s word so that they may live transformed lives. Angela is a writer, speaker, nurse, and stay-at-home mom who openly shares her struggle with infertility. She loves college basketball (especially the Kansas Jayhawks), reading, writing, and laughing at herself. You can connect with her on her blog
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