I can’t tell you how often I am comforted by the stories of women in the bible who also struggled with infertility. I’m comforted by them because when I look at Hannah who was mistaken as a drunkard in her pleading to God for a child, I feel less crazy for feeling so sad. I’m comforted by Sarah who spent her young married life all the way to old age longing for a child. When I see her laugh at hearing she would finally have a son, I see the great mothers of faith also struggled against bitterness. But I’m strengthened by this because Sarah grew in faith and walked in repentance.
Sarah’s longing for a child was good. Her bitterness in not having one in her timing was not. It’s the seeds of bitterness, anger, discontentment I have to fight against. But Sarah was not only considered a mother to Isaac, she was even more significantly a mother of many nations.
Motherhood comes in many forms. Every woman created by God should desire children. Should desire to be a mother. Motherhood is built into the very fibers of our beings as women.
“Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.” (Genesis 3:20)
I find myself asking, If God does not give me physical children, then how else might I be a mother?
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