Not too long ago, I discovered that this week in April is known as Infertility Awareness Week. I’ve had it on my heart to post on infertility and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Therefore, this week you can expect one post per day Monday-Friday under the following titles:
- Starting a Conversation About Infertility
- Infertility in the Bible
- Infertility: Jenni’s Story
- Infertility: Ashley’s Story
- Things You May Not Know About Infertility
So today, I simply want to let you know why I’m opening up the door to this conversation.
When I was very young, I was greatly intrigued by a trend I noticed in the Bible. I had regularly heard about Sarah and Mary’s miracle pregnancies, but every so often I would notice yet another woman who had struggled through infertility. These observations may have started as early as 12 years old, and continued through college.
I was so struck by the number of women who were mentioned to have been barren, that I believed God was preparing me to go through my own battle with infertility. This was not the case. When my husband and I decided to have children, I quickly became pregnant and had easy pregnancies and deliveries.
It wasn’t until recently that I began to think these revelations from the Bible may have been for a different purpose.
Though I have not personally fought through infertility, I am tender toward those who have. My heart bleeds for women longing to have a child but who are unable to conceive. I ache for those who have experienced miscarriage. I have wept openly for anyone who has found the joy of pregnancy, only to have to say goodbye to their precious child before ever leaving the hospital.
I am not going to pretend to have all the answers. I couldn’t possibly begin to explain God’s intentions for specific people. I believe every person, situation, and circumstance is different and God has a divine plan for each and every one of us. I believe “… that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28; NIV)
The topic of infertility is heavy for so many. I hope to write with tenderness and love. My goal in this is to acknowledge the struggle, bring encouragement, and ultimately give glory to God for He is always good no matter our circumstances. I want to share with you some of the stories I have observed in the Bible as well as some of the stories of women who have recently faced infertility and/or loss head on.
So, bear with me, the next few posts may be hard to read at times. But I pray that as we tread these murky waters, God’s light shines through and brings life to the hurting.