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!