Saturday, December 20, 2008

Awaiting Redemption

Man, it's been a busy week! I've had to play so much catch up at work and then the poo hit the fan on one of our projects. So I've been very delayed in posting.

During my week I've been "reading" The Shack via my iPod. I've really enjoyed it and while there are few things in the theology presented that I'm not totally in agreement about, it has brought about a lot of Aha! moments for me.

One thing that I had not realized I'd been doing was wanting God to justify why this trial of infertility was placed in our lives. By wanting that I was unknowingly making the statement that I believed God was the cause of our infertility. But if you study the word "barren," Missed Conceptions did an awesome job of it, there are very few times where God is the one who closed up the womb. Nine times out of ten God did not cause barrenness nor do I believe He has chosen to cause my barrenness. Barrenness is the cause of sin. When Adam and Eve choose to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they began a chain reaction. Our human bodies were never meant to die, to suffer things like cancer or infertility.

So therefore, since God has not come to justify His actions but to redeem and just has He has come to redeem our souls, He will also redeem us from our trials. God will redeem me from my infertility in one way or another because He works all things for the good of those who love Him. While God has the power to eliminate sin, pain and suffering the result would mean that we would not exist. It would mean that we would have never been created at all since sin began with Adam and Eve. Because God LOVES us too much to have never created us, this is not an option for Him. Instead He created us in His image and allows us free will to choose to love Him in return. God has chosen not to eliminate sin and suffering but instead to redeem it through His son Jesus. Jesus was born as a man to be the ultimate sacrifice for all the sins of the world, past, present and future; and to allow us to come into a relationship with Him and His Father. Without Christ's sacrifice and act of redemption we would all be lost and you and I would have no hope. But we HAVE hope!!!

God sees what sin has done to our frail human bodies and for many of us that is infertility. God is greater than sin and evil and He will overcome it. He will bring redemption. It may be that he will create life where there was no life, He may bless physicians with the knowledge to help those who are infertile, He may place on a woman's heart to be a surrogate birth mother for another couple, or He may touch family with the blessing of adoption. Either way He will redeem us; He will redeem me.

This Christmas season we celebrate the birth of Christ, our redeemer. Blessed be His name, Jesus.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Romans 8:28

"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?"
Romans 8:32


NeNe said...

Isn't it an amazing promise that God will redeem us? I have never thought of it in the context of infertility, how awesome. Thank you for sharing :)

I really appreciate your advice on when to take the Clomid- my doctor did not discuss any of those things. I'll be following your blog and praying for success with your next IUI!

Shannon said...

The thought of God's redemption from the pain of infertility is the only thing I find solace in lately.

I like how you talk about God not needing to give us an answer on why we go through what we go through. I think that encourages faith- trusting in him, no matter what it is you're going through.

I've added The Shack to my TBR list, it sounds good!