I never wished this space of mine to become a Christian blog about infertility. And as I pen these words, written in a place where peace and pain are partnered in a beautiful, pardoxical dance, I realize this story must be shared. I have been through the darkest places and found comfort in the arms of the very One who has wounded my heart. I offer these words to you, my sweet Jesus. Be glorified.
She must have cried a thousand tears or more. The silent tears that slip quietly down her face, leaving her pillow wet and salty and stained with quiet bitterness. And the sobbing, throaty tears, that well up from deep within her, coming out in agonizing heart screams. A lifetime of bitter tears, empty arms, and empty womb.
She is wrinkled, laugh lines stretching wide across her aging face, and gray, wispy hair hidden underneath a head covering. A long life of unrehearsed obedience to Yahweh bears its faith-filled mark on her life, a testimony of grace and glory to be passed down through the ages.
When visitors arrive, seemingly out of nowhere, they bring with them a life-changing announcement, and as she listens to their discussion, she laughs silently to herself. She is old, well beyond the prime of her life, those glory days of nursing babies and bringing up children. The Visitor hears her silent amusement, and respond with the words that would resonate throughout the centuries:
The question that haunts the innermost places of every barren woman’s heart. Is anything too extraordinary for Yahweh?
Perhaps your eyes have skipped over Genesis 18:14, reading in the English an entirely different approach to the boundlessness of God. Nearly every English translation interprets the verse this way:
“Is anything to hard for God?” or “Is anything impossible with God?”
But when we examine the original language in which it was written, Hebrew, an entirely new perspective is revealed. A positive spin on an otherwise hopeless situation: Is anything too extraordinary for God? The Hebrew word that is so often translated as “hard” or “difficult,” quite literally means “to be surpassing or extraordinary.” Extraoridinary.
As He draws my heart, wooing me through pain and wrestling, and filling me in spite of, or perhaps because of, my emptiness, my eyes and heart are opened to a resounding truth: nothing is too extraordinary for Yahweh.
An impossible pregnancy in a woman so aged she refers to herself as “shriveled.”
Is it so extraordinary that Yahweh cannot will it to happen? Crafting a divine plan that will alter the history of mankind in one sovereign soul-saving, cosmic shift: bringing forth salvation and hope when there was none? Nothing is too extraordinary for Yahweh.
Healing comes to my heart when I least expect it. A simple study of etymology wrought peace throughout my bitter heart.
These two resources brought so much encouragement to me this week:
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