The Wait of Infertility
The following is a guest post I wrote for Dr. Sue Edward’s blog on Bible.org: The Wait of Infertility
We in western culture tend towards impatience. In general, we do not enjoy waiting…in lines, for food, for replies. Occasionally, I even find myself urging the microwave to heat food faster. The journey of infertility is all about waiting. Waiting for a new month, waiting in medical offices, waiting on test results.
God works in wondrous ways; what seems to be a wasteland of waiting on the journey to our “real” destination might actually lead to His intended purpose. Sometimes I am unable to see His hand at work because of my laser-focus on what I desire in this earthly life.
The meandering trail off our perceived path might be a new opportunity to do His will. When we travel through the season of waiting, we can act — grab hold of His Word, pray continually, and pay attention. Trust in Him.
I spent six years caught up in the journey of infertility. When my dream path turned barren and bumpy my spirit underwent drastic changes. I planted my feet in the soil of bitterness and distrust. Only after I took a step towards the unknown side trail did I begin to see that it led to a miraculous beginning.
In the midst of waiting I learned to move.
My problem, my challenge, and my attempt at solutions ruled my focus. By digging into His Word, praying for His will, and paying attention to His lead, I shook off the dirt by His power and took baby steps in trust. This change in direction led me to His peace and will.
God revealed new depths of meaning in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Waiting becomes fertile ground when we actively seek, trust, and follow His direction.