Answered Prayers; Unexpected Paths
September 19, 2008 by tsfgodguy
“Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.” Gen. 25: 21
We have all had our share of days that were devastating. It may have been the loss of a love one, a marriage ending, financial failure, onset of a serious illness or any number of troubles. For me, one of the worse days I have experienced was the day I found out I was not able to have biological children.
I remember getting the call from the doctor while I was still at work and I was told that I had a 0 sperm count. He suggested we do a follow up test but assured me that the likelihood of me having was children was pretty much impossible and it was up to me how much time, emotion, and money we put towards the situation.
At home that night (I was married to Ryan’s mother still at the time), I shared with her while we had been unsuccessful having a second child. We were both crushed and I remember how hard the sobbing was especially on my part. She tried to be strong for me but I (like several men I have counseled with in similar situations) was overwhelmed with grief, guilt, and loss.
Obviously, my path when it comes to my children has been a blessed even if it has not been biological. My son Ryan has been my pride and joy for 16 years. I met him when he was 6 months old and our bond could never have been made stronger by blood line. The love we have for one another is an investment that will pay off for both of us for the rest of our lives.
Emily came to us through overseas adoption last year and God has so blessed our family with her joy, love, and approach to life. Our daughter has reminded us of the love of God in some of the most stressful situations.
We are so blessed to have two wonderful children and have grown and been enriched by the paths that both came to us. At this point, I literally cannot imagine any other path for us to find our children for our family. God truly answered our prayers through the adoption of both of our kids.
In the story of Isaac and Rebekah, they found themselves on that day I had so many years ago struggling with the emotions and loss of not being able to have a child. It was only through the prayers of Isaac that God was able to hear and answer their prayers with a double blessing, twins.
Infertility is one of many nasty foes we can face in life and there are many others as mentioned before. They are mountains that appear impassable but they are not.
There is no mountain that is larger than God. They are larger than us. Their peeks are covered with the clouds so we can’t see them but God has a perfect view from his heightened place.
There will always be mountains in our individual lives as well as our church community life. However, we see that humbleness and prayer can and will punch through as God hears our cries and answers our needs. Sometimes, it will be like Isaac where the prayers result in the path we were hoping for (plus some). Sometimes, it will be like my testimony where the path will be quite different than what was expected but be just right for you.
Bring your expectant faith with you to your prayers but leave your preconceived notions at home. God will surprise you!