We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials,
for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.
- Romans 5:3-6
If I was having coffee with you today I would say…
Infertility sucks, but God is still good. I would tell you I get it and I’m walking this story too. That it doesn’t make sense and isn’t necessarily what God wanted, but it is His to make good, if we let Him.
If we give it to God. If we embrace Him to be the author of our stories we can trust that even in struggles weighed down by millions of negative pregnancy tests, He can make our story good. God’s story is what’s best. Always. His plan isn’t just a good plan, but the best plan we could live.
If I was sitting across the table from you sipping on my vanilla latte, I would tell you to lean in to the Creator of this story. To keep praying those big, God-size prayers knowing God is listening. He does hear you. And when you weep He weeps. And when your heart breaks because you can’t bring yourself to pee on one more stupid ovulation test, His heart breaks too.
Because this was never what He wanted for you, for us, His children. But the world is broken and that’s why He made a way for us to have Him, to have a little Heaven on Earth. To have a hope to cling to when we’re crying on the bathroom floor over another unwanted period.
If I was sitting with you today, I would smile through wounded tears, for I would know the sorrowful hope you’re enduring. I would cry and hold your hand and pray. Pray that God would help us to live this story one day at a time, glorifying Him with every breath.
Struggles, they bring us closer to God. They help us better understand what Jesus did and because of the struggles in our lives, the Gospel is more amplified to the world.
But knowing and believing these truths doesn’t always make infertility easier. Jesus knew the hope that was coming the day He walked with a giant cross strapped to his back to Calvary. Knowing this truth didn’t stop the sting He felt every time the soldiers whipped his already beaten skin. Knowing the goodness about to come of the story He was living didn’t mean He wouldn’t feel pain in the suffering. Jesus died so that we could live in a world with hope and He counted every scar, affliction, discomfort, and tear as worth it.
If I was having coffee with you today I would remind us of the suffering Jesus endured for me and you. I would reflect on all the goodness and faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. I would say infertility still sucks, but because of Jesus we can have hope. For no matter the suffering we endure, it will be worth it.
1. What suffering are you enduring in this current season of life?
2. Have you given it to God? Why or Why not?
3. How has God taken a past suffering and made it good?
Lord, Thank You for loving me at my best and at my worst. Thank You for being a God that weeps along side of me. Thank You that You take something as awful as infertility and make it good! Lord I praise You for being God that hears me. That knows me. Every little part of me. Give me strength for this season. Show me the purpose in the waiting and help me to live out Your best for me!
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