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Monday, May 9, 2011

Barren, Broken and Blessed.


Sometimes we find ourselves in barren situations. Not necessarily when a child has not been born, but in the area of accomplishing goals. Becoming something for ourselves, wanting to be more than what we are but still stuck in the place that we are, because we just can't seem to get it right, to conceive that dream or the means to facilitate it.  
Barrenness is portrayed as an image of destruction, rejection, shame, despair and a joy killer in the bible.
But have you noticed that the barren women in the bible were the ones who bore children that became blessings to the nations when their wombs were eventually opened? Mighty prophets. People God used to show his glory. Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Samson, Samuel and John the baptist were sons of Sarah(Gen 21), Rebekah(Gen 25), Rachel(Gen 30), Manoah's unnamed wife(Judges 13), Hannah(1 Samuel 1) and Elizabeth(Luke1). All six women had something in common, they and their husbands were devout and they cried out to God.

Our afflictions are what births our blessings; our biggest mess turns out to be our biggest and best message we have. For when we eventually birth our dreams, after the long frustrating months/years of brokenness and being unproductive, the outcome isn’t just a blessing for ourselves but to the world around us. 
So be of good cheer buddy. I've learned that the area of  life that seems barren, that keeps us up at night, that makes us break out in sweat and keeps our spirits low, that thing that gets people pointing and talking… at the right time, as long as we keep trusting, the heavens will open our wombs, and we’ll birth success in that area, and it will be not just a blessing to us but to all those around us. 
And people will be shocked "isn't that M? the barren woman? S the failure? R the Mr. Can't get it right?" Well you got it right and you're writing the cheques while they stand wondering. Sometimes we're broken to make us whole again, blessings are held back to teach us to trust.
 "Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby.
   Fill the air with song, you who've never experienced childbirth!
You're ending up with far more children
   than all those childbearing women." God says so!
"Clear lots of ground for your tents!
   Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope,
   drive the tent pegs deep.
You're going to need lots of elbow room
   for your growing family.
You're going to take over whole nations;
   you're going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don't be afraid—you're not going to be embarrassed.
   Don't hold back—you're not going to come up short...." Isaiah 54:1-3(the msg)
'Your Redeemer God says:   "I left you, but only for a moment.
   Now, with enormous compassion, I'm bringing you back.
In an outburst of anger I turned my back on you—
   but only for a moment.
It's with lasting love
   that I'm tenderly caring for you." Isaiah 54:7-8(the msg)



Maybe you've had that dream forever, and it feels like it'll never be anything more than a dream. Just keep crying out to God who is fruitful and keep trusting him, and the right seed will be planted in you, to develop that dream and birth it at the right time. It really doesn't matter how old you are, Sarah and Elizabeth were old when their day came, but it came eventually and their fruits fulfilled the purpose to which the were birthed.
"....My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace" 1peter 5:12
 photo source:restlessmoods.blogspot.com

10 comments :

  1. AMEN to that
    I really needed this encouragement
    thanks

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  2. ...simply said, and hit straight home.
    P.S: Your blog design is just as well simple yet finely beautfiul.
    Cheers
    S.

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  3. You, my friend, have an excellent blog and I am impressed with how you now have me sitting here, thinking about every word I just read.


    "Be of good cheer, trusting in God....birth success."

    Now I feel bad because I wonder if I am as strong as yourself.

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  4. This is actually my testimony. To me, this post has become reality. It becomes reality EVERY day and I am constantly amazed....Thanks for sharing..

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  5. @anonymous Thank God for right words at the right time. bless.
    @T.note awww, thanks :)

    @Don thanks you much. no one is as strong as they seem, we are all weak but Gods grace keeps us in line.
    It's not as easy as it seems, but when has determination ever stopped anyone?

    @deep soul thank you, sometimes our faith is strengthened when we see testimonies of people around us. i'm glad this is yours.

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  6. Wow, I definitely needed to read this! Thank you!!!!

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  7. Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. The photos are fantastic.

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  8. Can't tell you how much this was so inspirational for me.

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  9. Thank you very much for this.

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