This Lent season I have been faithfully reading the Bible passages for the day from USCCB, a Catholic friend of mine had referred to it in her blog and I have just loved the readings and the way they have helped me reflect on this season.
The O.T. reading yesterday was from Jeremiah 17. After I read it this morning, something resonated with my thoughts in the blog post yesterday.
Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose hope is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes,
its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.
This not a new passage to me but it hit in a new way. I am reminded that we must continue to put our trust in the Lord. In the midst of our infertility. Even if we do decide to pursue IVF or some other scientific approach our trust still has to be in the Lord, not in the doctors. Our family is in His hands alone. This season will pass if we are able to put our trust in God, if we put our hope in humans alone we will never leave the feelings of burden and fear. When our trust is in him this season will not only pass, but we can and will be fruitful in the midst of it - which has been our prayer. This is not to say that if we trust hard enough, the fruit will be that I get and remain pregnant, but it means that we will be strengthened in our love and understanding of who God is and who we were created to be. That is also not saying we will not become pregnant and have a baby, we know God has the power to do that but our fruit is about much more that just that.
I love this! I love when God's word can come alive and bring clarity and confirmation to thoughts I have been processing.
We need to keep pressing into Him, keep digging into His word, and keep calling on Him in prayer.
Blessed are they who wait on the LORD. Amen.