I held on tight to this verse while we were suffering with infertility. It gave me hope that any day could be the day that our circumstances changed, that our joy would come. Most days it didn’t, but I still rejoiced in that hope whenever I could.
We waited, struggled, cried, hoped for 3 years. Then we received an email that would change our life forever! We were chosen to be adoptive parents, by a young couple who were expecting a baby girl in just 2 months! That was a year ago today, and I can’t believe how fast time has gone. Our beautiful 10 month old daughter Ruby is the light of our lives. Just now I received a text from a friend telling me that her little baby boy was born yesterday. This friend of mine has suffered the loss of two pregnancies, prior to this one. It seems like just yesterday we were sitting at her business counter crying about her pain and her hopes and dreams to one day become a mom. Now she is. What a beautiful thing.
During the three hard years of waiting, it seemed so long, like it would never end. Everyone around us kept announcing pregnancy and it just felt like it would never be our turn. Then all of a sudden it was, and now looking back on those years it seems like a flash. The burden will be lifted one day and you will just be left with all of the lessons you learned. A stronger relationship with your spouse, and maybe God. It’s ok to forget the pain, and let it go, but don’t forget what you learned and use that to help others who are going through it now. Make good use of your suffering. None of us are promised a life free of suffering, so how will we handle it?
And the God of grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10