The Big IF: Facing Infertility with Faith
- Saturday, February 25, 2012
Scripture records Elkanah and Hannah, Zacharias and Elizabeth, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah as also being couples that God prepared for parenting a special child by giving them a long season of barrenness.
I don’t know what God has planned for our family or yours, but I do know that He doesn’t waste our pain. He has collected every tear (Psalm 56:8) we cried as another month passed into another year without a baby. He has seen the longings of our hearts.
God might be preparing us to parent a child with a special destiny like the parents from the above scripture passages. He also might have a great purpose for us to live out without having children of our own.
He makes the barren woman abide in the house
As a joyful mother of children.
Praise the LORD! Psalm 113:9 NAS
There are kids at church, teens in your neighborhood, babies in foster care and adoption centers and children waiting to be “adopted” through organizations like Compassion. Now, I’ve been the recipient of a fair amount of comments like, “just adopt.” Some of us with empty cradles feel led to adopt, some of us don’t. Some of us have tried and had the door shut. So I’m not throwing out some simple-fix answer. Just reminding us all that there might be things God has for us to accomplish without children of our own so that we might bless His children. Paul referred to Timothy as a spiritual son. Children can come in a variety of ways. Can you imagine with some seven million people in the U.S. alone (as of the most recent available stats) who sought IF treatments, if we all prayed for direction to know how to bless just one of God’s kids what a difference He might make in this world through our “emptiness”?
Whether God fills your family with blessed little ones or fills your heart with His children, I pray that you and your spouse would be comforted with the truth that God sees you, that He loves you, that you are not forgotten and that He has a plan - a good, wonderful, gracious plan.
Between now and the end of March we are hoping you’ll drop us a line and share either:
1. A question about infertility (emotional/spiritual related, rather than medically related) or
2. Share part of your journey and story with us.
Email us at info(at)MotlMinistries.com
Come along with us on this month long journey to discover God's heart for those of us who are waiting for Him to fill our cradles!
Eric and April Motl are also available to speak at church/ministry events for couples who are also waiting for God to fill their cradles. They serve together at their church in New England, where Eric is the senior pastor. You can find out more about their ministry at www.MotlMinistries.com. You can also follow April’s regular crosswalk blog posts here.
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