Wednesday, April 22, 2009

So that we might have hope

I came across this verse not too long ago and it spoke powerfully to me...

"For e v e r y t h i n g that was written in the past was written to
us, so that through endurance and the encouragement
of the Scriptures we might have h o p e."
-Romans 15:4

That verse represents a beautiful truth to me. Whenever I flip open the pages of my Bible, every single word I find written there was written to teach me. It was written to offer endurance and encouragement. It was written so that today, on April 22, 2009, you and I might both have hope.

Awhile back I did some research on what the Bible has to say about a woman's womb and conception. What I discovered was both encouraging and frustrating. But regardless, it was all thought-provoking and it was all written so that we might have hope.

Jeremiah 1:5 says
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you."

Psalm 139 tells us that God "knit me together in my mother's womb."

God not only forms us and knits us in our mother's wombs, but He opens and closes wombs as He chooses.

Genesis 20:1 "For the Lord had closed up every womb in Abimelech's household because of Abraham's wife Sarah."

1 Samuel 1:5 says "But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb."

1 Samuel 1:6 says, "And because the Lord had closed her [Hannah's] womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her."

Genesis 29:31 says, "When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren."

But that changes in Genesis 30:22 "Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb."

God is the giver of life. He takes. He forms. He knits. He closes. He opens. He remembers. At times that is a frustrating truth.

For many months last year I prayed that God would open my womb. I claimed the truth of Scripture found here. God had done it once, and I knew He could do it again. I knew that regardless of any medical treatment, surgery, medication, natural, healthy eating, acupuncture or other activities I might pursue or participate in while striving to conceive, it was the Lord who would ultimately open or close my womb.

So I asked people to pray. I asked them to pray that God would remember me and open my womb. This was a Biblical prayer based on prayers in the Bible:

In 1 Samuel it says that Hannah prayed: "O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me...."

Then it goes on to say: Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I asked the Lord for him."

And as I referenced above: Genesis 30:22 says, "Then God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb."

Of course, as you know, my story did not play out how I had planned. God remembered me, but it wasn't the way I would initially have chosen. It was far better and greater that anything I could have dreamt up.

May we all find truth, encouragement and hope through words written so long ago...

1 comment:

Stacey said...

Thanks Stacy. I continue to pray that He will remember me and open my womb as well.

Congrats on finding out it's a girl! (I'm a few days behind on reading blogs.)