Last month we experienced something for the very first time – our first grandchild was born. Leo McDaniel came into this world on July 21, 2018. It’s always exciting to experience something for the first time but some are more exciting than others. And this one was pretty momentous.

But it was not without challenge and difficulty. Our son Matt and daughter-in-law Vicky went to the hospital at 4:30 Saturday morning. Michelle and I arrived a few hours later. Not too much was happening and then the wait began. Waiting and more waiting. I left the hospital several times, came back and still waiting.

Finally, the doctor told them if Vicky did not deliver soon the baby would have to be delivered by caesarean section. Well that seemed to do the job and a half an hour later at 11:30 at night Leo was born. But he arrived with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. He was literally blue.

He was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Fortunately after two days he was able to go home. I couldn’t help but reflect on this experience as it relates to spiritual birth. Jesus said in John 3:3, “I tell you the truth, unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

I was struck by the connection between natural birth and spiritual birth. Giving birth is not easy. The wait for baby Leo to arrive was long and exhausting. Not all births are this way. Some are quicker and easier. But this one was a marathon not a sprint.

Waiting for someone you know or love to get born again can be long. Maybe your spouse has still not accepted Christ or your friend has come to church but still hasn’t gotten saved. It’s hard to wait.

Maybe someone you know has gone through some tough experiences like addiction, divorce or illness. Or they have messed up their life with bad choices and unwise actions. The enemy has them around the neck until finally they are born again. You wish it could have been easier but it wasn’t.

But once they are born or born again what a joy it is. The happiness we felt when we had our grandson is hard to put into words. And the happiness you feel when someone you know or love is born again is equally thrilling. Knowing you have a new member in your family is like nothing else. Except for knowing there is a new member in God’s family.

Seeing new life is the best. And it is certainly God’s plan. He wants his family to grow. Be a part of it and experience the joy.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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