A Woman in Labor

Micah 4:8–13

And you, O tower of the flock,
 hill of daughter Zion,
to you it shall come,
 the former dominion shall come,
 the sovereignty of daughter Jerusalem.
Now why do you cry aloud?
 Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,
 that pangs have seized you like a woman in labor?
Writhe and groan, O daughter Zion,
 like a woman in labor;
for now you shall go forth from the city
 and camp in the open country;
 you shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued,
 there the Lord will redeem you
 from the hands of your enemies.
Now many nations
 are assembled against you,
saying, “Let her be profaned,
 and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
But they do not know
 the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
 that he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
Arise and thresh,
 O daughter Zion,
for I will make your horn iron
 and your hoofs bronze;
you shall beat in pieces many peoples,
 and shall devote their gain to the Lord,
 their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.

A Woman in Labor

As I read the writings of the prophet Micah, the echoes of salvation are heard beyond the groans of lament. I envision, Mary, the mother of Jesus responding to Micah with these words.

Micah: “Is there no king in you?” 

Mary:  “But, oh yes there is!” 

Micah: “Has your counselor perished that pangs have seized you?”

Mary: “These pangs that seize me are needed to save you.”

Micah: “Writhe and groan, O daughter Zion!”

Mary: “My groans give birth to rejoicing!”

Micah: “For now you go shall go forth from the city and camp in the open country!”

Mary: “We have left our home in Nazareth to go to Bethlehem. In the country, God has met me!”

Micah: “There you shall be rescued!”

Mary: “Yes, there we have been rescued”

Micah: “There the Lord will redeem you.”

Mary: “The Lord will surely redeem us.”

Micah: “They do not know the thoughts of the Lord; they do not understand his plan.”

Mary: “His plan is that the salvation of all must come from the suffering of one.”

by Kim Bolden