In another place, changing the metaphor, Paul says he is in the pangs of childbirth until Christ be formed in his people (Gal. 4:19). Mothers may not like the pangs of childbirth, but I’ve yet to meet one whose self-esteem was wounded because of them.
Grow up – that’s what my friend was saying. Be realistic. Your enemies are many: the world, the flesh, the Devil, and sometimes even Mother Church, in a sense. She doesn’t always soothe and serve milk and chocolate-chip cookies . She can be touchy and demanding. Once one realizes that, her occasional snits and tantrums become a lot less hard to take. It’s burden enough to serve Christ and his now less-than-perfect bride. Don’t add to it the extra weight of feeling betrayed.
Leadership, Fall 1994, page 154