It’s National Infertility Awareness week. Could you be any more aware of how hard it is to conceive? Well then, rather than seeing this week as salt rubbing into an already gaping wound, consider these words from Jesus Calling:
“Peace is my continual gift to you. Just as the Israelites could not store up manna for the future but had to gather it daily, so it is with My peace. The day-by-day collecting of manna kept My people aware of their dependence on Me. Similarly, I give you sufficient peace for the present, when you come to me by prayer and petition with thanksgiving. If I gave you permanent peace, independent of My Presence, you might fall into the trap of self-sufficiency.”
I wish I’d understood that when we were we struggling through infertility. The sense of barely having enough peace to make it through the day – or the next few minutes – is not a sign of God’s absence, but of Christ’s Presence. He does not intend to strengthen us to the point of self-sufficiency. That is our goal; not His.
His goal is to teach us minute-to-minute reliance on Him. Our reliance is a constant reminder that He keeps the promise, “I am with you always.” Our neediness is a constant reminder that He is sufficient for every need. Our inability to find peace apart from Him is a blessing because it returns us – again and again — to the only Source of strength that can overcome all things.
So, welcome National Infertility Week as a worldly reminder that millions of infertile couples need peace, hope, and compassionate love as they make their way toward the future of parenthood. You are not alone, and neither are they. He has promised, “I am with you always.”
Seek Him, and find peace.
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