“He makes the barren woman abide in the house as a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!” (113:9)
One of my favorite themes throughout Scripture is the LORD’s precious relationship with barren women. In the cases of Sarah, Rebecca, Samson’s mom, Hannah and Elizabeth; following years of tearful supplication, the LORD blessed them with an extraordinary child.
Other times, He gives barren women the unique opportunity to love children with either no mother, or a need for an extra mother. Women are incredibly powerful, and the nurturing side of a woman is deeply celebrated in the eyes of the LORD, even while navigating a broken world in which infertility exists.
“Sing, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.” (Isaiah 54:1-3)
Barren or unmarried women have bore labels of shame and brokenness throughout human history. I love how the LORD changes these culturally assigned identities; giving new secure identities, ones in which their non-biological children can become Kings.
Women have powerful love stored up in their hearts. The LORD desires for this to never go to waste. Truly passages like these have inspired me to go out looking for people in need of love and family. Good and beautiful things can arise from our deepest disappointments. There is always hope, but there is possibility for even more depth in the process.
“God sets the lonely in families.” (Psalm 68:6)
How has the LORD set you in a family? How might He use you to create a family for the lonely?