Does God work in our barrenness?
Right from the start of his book, Luke draws our attention to a couple named, Zechariah and Elizabeth. The two of them are referred as, “both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commands and statues of the Lord.”
“they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren,…”
Five years ago these verses would have never impacted me the way they do as I sit reading them today. You see my son-in-love, Griffin and daughter, Bethany have walked through several miscarriages over the past couple of years.
I have known Bethany her entire life and Griffin for approximately 12 years. Although neither is perfect, they love God, are respected leaders and do their best to walk blamelessly before Him. I’ve been amazed at how this young couple has handled life in the midst of their pain and suffering.
So it is that I read this passage and realize that Zechariah and Elizabeth, although barren and advanced in years, continue to serve God faithfully. What is fascinating is that in the midst of personal suffering, they continued to personally serve and sacrifice. I find this same heroic mindset in Griffin and Bethany.
Elizabeth’s barrenness was not a result of sin as we tend to conclude of those who face struggles in life. No, their miracle baby, John, was delivered with great purpose to announce the great Deliverer, Jesus.
After several miscarriages, Griffin and Bethany are due to deliver their own God ordained miracle in January. What does God have in store for this bundle of miraculous joy? Only time will tell.
Leaders are not without struggles or suffering. Should you find yourself questioning God, yourself or your own struggles, remember that our momentary struggles can be seen as a part of God’s greater plan.
Leaders have simply learned how to continue to trust and walk with God in the midst of life’s most difficult moments.
Could it be that the struggle you find yourself facing today is meant to ultimately birth greater purpose in your life and the lives of others?
You can connect with Bethany’s story on her blog, http://bethanymcgrath.com/