All of this made me want to write a post on how frustrating it is to field so many fertility-related questions, but then I remembered that I already did that before. In the midst of this crazy week, I happened to read a post by a woman named Heather that made me tear up. Please take the time to read it and be reminded why this topic is so difficult for many women (and men), and why questions on family planning can strike a nerve. I've said it before, but this doesn't mean we can't be open with our friends and ask hard questions; it does mean, however, that you should think twice before asking a personal question to someone you've only met on Sundays in the church lobby. On top of fertility struggles, there could be marital issues, health concerns, financial situations, or other issues that are keeping couples from starting a family, so please bear this in mind before you ask what seems to be an innocent question. Just to clarify, this is NOT the case with us at present, but I am well aware that could be in the future, so I'm sensitive to the issue.
Anyway, this past week's frustrations have led me to ask God daily for His help in trusting Him, and as a result, I've begun to rejoice in the fruitfulness I see all around me. Aside from the pregnancies at work, I have two close friends expecting babies, and two of my former youth group girls (who are now married and in their 20s). It has been so amazing to see this women go from teens to mature adults. As well, last Wednesday, I noticed that a pair of bluejays have built a nest in our front yard tree, so I anticipate baby birds in the coming weeks (or months?); for me, it was hugely comforting to know that there is new life on our property even in the midst of a week that felt lifeless. We are planning a vegetable garden, so we anticipate growth and new life in our own backyard. God is alive, and He is good.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come
that they may have life, and have it to the full.