I’m very pleased to announce a new series of guest bloggers. We’re kicking off this week with Dorothy, who will share her thoughts on faith and infertility. If you’d like to contribute your voice to the conversation, I’d love to hear from you. You can find Guest Blogger guidelines here.
by Dorothy Williams
“Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the scriptures” (Luke 24:27).
As a childless Christian, I was shocked to discover the lack of biblical guidance for my particular situation. You know, the kind of specific, scriptural passages which give hope to a permanently barren wife. And I stress the word permanently because the more I researched the topic, the more I saw that infertility was merely a temporary situation for believers. As I looked at examples from the lives of Abraham and Sara to Hannah to Elizabeth, I saw one miracle baby after another. Gosh, it seemed that as long as I had God on my side, all I had to do was pray for my circumstances to change and BANG! I would get that miracle baby.
But that didn’t happen. So where in the bible was support for my situation? Did it mean that my journey was not sacred or my life not meaningful?
After praying about this for over a year, the answer finally came when the Lord prompted me to look more closely at a resurrection story about Jesus. It’s known as the “Road to Emmaus” and it is contained in a book of the bible called the gospel of Luke (specifically, Luke 24:13-35). I won’t repeat it here, except for the one line quoted at the top of this blog entry. The gist of it is that the bible is not actually about me. (Slap my forehead…duh!) It is about God’s relationship with His people and the gift of His Son, Jesus.
Christians believe that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus saves us from everything that is lacking in the human condition, including infertility. Our journey can be sacred despite all the twists and turns it may take because Christ’s perfection fills up what is imperfect in our own lives.
So I have a renewed devotion to the risen Jesus, of course, but this exercise also gave me a profound respect for authors who write specifically on the topic of being permanently childless. Their books may not carry the weight of Holy Scripture, but they just might be working with God in a different way to give our lives sacred meaning as we travel together on this unique road.
Dorothy Williams lives in the Chicagoland area and is making the transition from childless to childfree to Christian one prayer at a time.