I’ve seen this picture 👇🏼 several times on my FB feed and thought it was a great idea.
I’ve read the book of Luke multiple times, but somehow it had slipped my mind how this very special book opens.
In the very first chapter, not even halfway through, only 5 verses into the chapter we hear the story of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is childless. She’s barren. And, to make matters worse she’s “advanced in years.” Ummmmm, hello there Dr. Luke no woman wants to be described as that! Am I right? 😂. You see, society had given up on Elizabeth’s ability to have a family and provide her husband a child. But, where society sees impossibility God only sees possibility.
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”-Luke 1:37
Elizabeth’s husband, Zachariah, was a man of faith but even he doubted the angel’s words. He doubted God’s ability. But, in the midst of earthly limitations and human doubts God showed up and provided a miracle. He was faithful.
I needed to revisit that story. My heart needed Elizabeth. I needed the reminder of God’s promises. The reminder of His blessings-His mercy-His goodness-His faithfulness.
As 2019 draws closer to an end, I know the feeling of my years advancing, the feeling of empty arms, the feeling of doubt, and the feeling of faith in an answer yet to come. The Bible isn’t merely a story book of people from a lifetime ago-the stories are real and they’re just as real now as they were then. Because, if I was a betting person I’d bet Elizabeth shared a lot of the same feelings I’ve had over this journey.
So, to those of you who shared the FB picture I want to say, “Thank you.” Without knowing it, you gave me the sermon my heart needed. I pray this Christmas brings you many blessings.
And, for those of you entering this Christmas season without your Christmas miracle, my prayer is that our Father’s arms are wrapped so tightly around you that you feel the comfort only He can give. I’m praying for your miracle-whether that miracle is for a baby, for your marriage, for your lost child, for your burdens, for your grief, or for your health. Whatever your need-I’m praying for you. Society may say our circumstances are impossible, doctors, friends, family members may have given up but I’m not a daughter of society-I’m the child of the Waymaker who knows no earthly bounds and I believe in His plan.
“And blessed is she who believed that there would be[a] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” -Luke 1:45
May you be blessed in your belief.
P.S. If you’re a fellow infertility sister, I’d love to hear your story and add you to my prayer list. Infertility is lonely in a world full of babies so, it’s nice knowing you’re not alone.
P.P.S. If you’re struggling, waiting for your promise, searching for God’s plan, or society has told you “it” can’t happen-whatever “it” may be, I’d love to pray for you, too. The holiday season can be hard and sometimes it’s nice to know you’ve got someone out there praying.