Mother's Day and the Infertile Woman
“Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28
It’s that time of year again. Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and although it’s expected to be a happy time celebrating our mothers, it can be quite devastating for some. Being diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) in my teens, I had this fear of not being able to have a baby of my own some day. We always hear of the couple that struggled to get pregnant, and then their happy ending of a God-answered prayer became a reality. But what about those who are still suffering? What about those women whom God hasn’t answered their prayers yet?
Infertility can be like mourning the loss of a child you never had or once lost…there are no aids to heal the permanent wounds left from this feeling of despair. And even more so, to watch a friend struggle through this is almost unbearable. Ladies, for those of you struggling with infertility, there is hope. Although words of comfort seem like they have no meaning, we can grieve, pray, and keep our eyes on the promise of this world’s redemption. In Luke, we are encouraged to not lose faith because our redemption is drawing near…and that redemption started with Jesus dying on the cross.
We live in a broken world that is affecting each and every one of us daily. Christ entered this broken world in order to submit to suffering—the sinless life he lived and the excruciating death he died are a promise to his children. We all carry our own scars throughout our lives, maybe not physical scars like our Savior, or the physical scars of labor, but we do bear the emotional and spiritual scars of painful waiting. And with these, we can rely on the Gospel to carry us through even the darkest of times. His grace is sufficient, and he will always have the upper hand…and on this Mother’s Day, we can look joyfully to the future knowing God is forever sufficient and eternally sovereign.
Father, help me to see your plans are not always easy to understand, but they are always for the better. Give me peace and patience as I walk through this hard season of dissatisfaction, pain, and continued suffering. Point my eyes to you and you alone, and help me lay my needs at your feet.
Are you struggling with infertility? How can you use this experience to glorify God in your suffering? Reflect on Hebrews 11:39.
About the Author
Raegan Thornhill is wife to an amazing man of God and mom to her baby boy, Weston. She is the director, content manager, and writer at Whole Magazine. She believes cheesecake, snow, a cup of hot coffee, and an episode of Breaking Bad can fix any dreadful day. Her mission in life is to show women of all ages how they can be whole again through the Gospel of Christ. She longs for her writings to be a testament of the mercy and grace God has shown her. You can follow more of Raegan on her blog, Delighted In Him.