God’s perfect timing…
I have been studying Baby Hunger (an amazing book by Beth Forbus) on and off for a while now. Today, I started reading Zacharias & Elizabeth’s story again. This story is a perfect example of how God does things in His perfect time. Sometimes, that concept is *SO hard for me to grasp. We have been through so much - first cancer, and for the past two and a half years, infertility. I’m tired of waiting..I am READY.
Zacharias and Elizabeth were amazing people. Always doing things according to God’s will, and living the life that a Christian couple should live. They were very deserving, outstanding people. The only thing wrong with Zacharias and Elizabeth was the thing that has proven to be a hurdle for so many of us: they could not conceive. We can all mostly relate to this. We are good people. We live our lives the right way. We would make wonderful parents, raise our children in church, provide a loving and stable household for our children – yet we have been through relentless cycles, needle pokes, and negative tests. Why is it fair that the couple that is addicted to drugs, who fights constantly, and do so many un-Godly things, can bring home children, yet we can’t? Why can the 15 year old girl, who has just began living herself, get pregnant, but I can’t? I know I’m not alone..I’m not the only person who has felt this way.
Beth Forbus writes, “You may have felt that God is punishing you for some wrong you have committed, or perhaps punishing your spouse…” I, personally, have had that exact same sentence run through my head. She then writes “God had a purpose and a plan for this couple (Zacharias & Elizabeth) and for their child. He had an appointed time for this child to be born. This child was a child of purpose...” God knew that their child was destined to be someone special. Jeremiah 1:5 says, ““Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Had God not made Elizabeth barren, and then filled her womb in that particular time in her life, perhaps they would have not borne John the Baptist!
So, you see, maybe God IS waiting on the perfect time to fill your womb. He already knows which child is destined to be YOUR child. He already knows your perfect match. Whether it be through adoption or pregnancy, God already has MY child picked for me. I just have to learn to wait for His timing.