After about 4 hours of being awake, I kept on encouraging Irewamiri as she went through the intermittent pains of labour. I would hold her as the pains heightened. She told me what she wanted me to do to help her through.
But then Danielle woke up and noticed something unusual was happening. As we strolled in the compound around 5am, Danielle started singing and asked her mum to start dancing. In the pains, we all began to dance. The pains came but we danced and laughed.
Friends, in the midst of your labour, God will place the answers you need in the most unlikely places. The cure to Naaman’s leprosy was in the mouth of his maid. The answer to Saul’s missing donkeys was in the mouth of his servant. If you do not honour people and you get used to looking down on others, you will be stranded in life.
One of the secrets that helped my wife through labour came through the mouth of our two-year-old daughter, “Mummy, dance!” And she began to supply the songs also.
You must know how to sing and dance your way through your labour pains. If you allow the labour to dictate the pace of your spirit and you do not superimpose your spirit on the pains of labour, things will seem slow and unbearable.
Even Herod and Herodias that are not believers showed us how powerful dance is- it costs half the kingdom and actually the head of a national prophet. Milcah despised a dancing David and she was the only recorded woman who died barren in the Word of God.
Check out how the Psalmist put it:
What pleasure fills those who live every day in your temple, enjoying you as they worship in your presence! How enriched are they who find their strength in the Lord; within their hearts are the highways of holiness!
Even when their paths wind through the dark valley of tears, they dig deep to find a pleasant pool where others find only pain. He gives to them a brook of blessing filled from the rain of an outpouring. They grow stronger and stronger with every step forward, and the God of all gods will appear before them in Zion. Psalms 84:4-7 TPT
Dancing and thanksgiving will make you turn unpleasant circumstances and your most painful moments into a pool of testimonies. You can get to a tight corner in a business proposal or academic research but with thanksgiving, you can open a well of inspiration for yourself.
When the devil sees you dancing in the midst of pain, he knows that you understand how the Kingdom works and you are not his regular ignorant prey.
Change the game friend. It is labour but it is your opportunity to dance. The labour is not a sign that things will die, it is proof that a breakthrough is close. Why won’t you dance?