Call Me Crazy

This morning was another mix of faith-lifting and difficult.  I came across a verse in Deuteronomy 7:14 which read, “You shall be blessed above all peoples.  There shall not be male or female barren among you or among your livestock.” Am I not a part of that promise as I have been grafted into the family of God (Romans 11:11-31)? God was speaking to His chosen people, Israel, but hasn’t that continued to all people who serve Him and believe Jesus is the Son of God? Why, then, can I not claim that blessing for myself?

So I prayed, “God, extend that blessing to me! As your daughter, fulfill this promise.  Remove my barrenness.  Create in me a new womb. Be glorified through the birth of Samuel Ephraim, the name you have given me.  Do the medically impossible.  Make a way, Lord.  Bless my womb that I may be fruitful.”

Then, as I was driving to work, the image of myself carrying little Samuel came in my head.  I was eating healthier, determined to give this baby a healthy diet.  I was also reading to him the Word of God out loud.  I was praying motherly blessings over him, and asking God to give him a steadfast heart after Him. And I wept.

I am encouraged every time I hear about barren or infertile women becoming pregnant when science says it shouldn’t be so. I have started a list of biblical women or couples who were barren but bore children: Sarah (Genesis 21), Isaac and Rebecca (Genesis 25:21), Jacob and Rachel (Genesis 30:22), Manoah and his wife—Sampson’s parents—(Judges 13), Hannah—Samuel’s mother—(1 Samuel 1). I even know some friends and family that have bore children despite impossible medical explanations. Who cares what science and medicine says, and that may make me crazy. I serve the one who is Lord over all of science and medicine.  Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26, emphasis added.) You know what—I’m crazy enough to believe Him.

You alone, Lord, are my healer!

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