Great is His Faithfulness

A reader recently asked me how I kept my faith strong even during the darkest of days. This reader is going through her darkest days right now …

Her third attempt at IVF was finally successful. She saw one beautiful heartbeat at 6w5d. But then four weeks later at her 10 week OB appointment there was no heartbeat. Her baby had stopped growing at 8w3d.

Dark, dark days.

Dreams and hopes crashed with the words, “I’m sorry. There is no heartbeat.”

I have felt that kind of pain although I’ve never heard those particular words.

My dreams and hopes were certainly crushed when I heard that I had a very small chance of achieving pregnancy even with the help of modern medicine.

It is crushing to hear at the age of 27 that your ovaries are not capable of producing enough healthy mature follicles for an infertility treatment.

Especially when you have dreamed since childhood of having a baby of your very own.

Sitting on that examination table on March 8, 2009, I knew I had a choice to make. It wasn’t a choice between doing another treatment cycle or moving on to adoption.

It was a choice of whether I was going to hold fast to my faith in Jesus Christ or turn away from that faith because I could not understand how God would not allow me to have a baby.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Faith requires us to put our hope in the Lord and the promises found in His Word.

I clung to the truth found in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

On my darkest days, this verse held me up so I could move forward.

However, before I could really cling to this verse I also had to go through something else.

Mourning over what I had lost and even a time of being angry at God.

People sometimes think it is “not Christian” to be angry at God. I, however, believe being angry at God for a season is part of the process that brings you to a place of complete trust in Him.

I had my days where I cried out to God asking Him, “Why?”.

Why do I have to go through this when all I’ve ever wanted is a baby?

Why do you allow the couple who isn’t even trying to conceive?

Why do you allow the unwed woman to conceive?

Why can’t at least one of our attempts at an IUI or IVF work?

Oh it is so easy for our minds to think this way! Satan wants us to think this way while God wants us to think above and beyond our present circumstances.

I allowed myself a season of mourning when I found out pregnancy most likely would never happen for me.

And then, I knew I had to move forward.

You say, “Move forward to what? If pregnancy isn’t in your future then what is worth moving forward to?”

This is when Jeremiah 29:11 became what I would breathe and eat. Just as my physical body needs food and water to survive my soul needed to cling to this verse to survive past hearing, “You probably won’t even get pregnant doing IVF.”

God’s Word told me that God had a plan for me. Not only did He have a plan for me but it was a plan that would prosper me and give me hope and a future!

In the midst of those dark days it was hard to believe that because I could not see it. But that, my friend, is what faith is.

Believing what you cannot see.

And I am here to tell you that God’s plan for your life is far greater and far better than the plan you saw for your own life.

Far better.

I went through an IUI cycle in September of 2008. I thought it failed miserably and at the time, from my perspective, it did because when my blood test came back I was not pregnant.

God had something more planned though. It was in September of 2008, around the time of that failed IUI cycle, that my daughter, Little Bug, was conceived.

In January of 2009 I came home from talking with friends about adoption and wrote this poem not knowing the miracle God was on the brink of performing:

Our miracle has come, Not in my womb but in our hearts. We are going to adopt. Baby is on the way. She will be here in the month of May.

I can remember after I wrote that poem I sat there at the computer thinking, “Wouldn’t that be something if we did get a baby girl in May, but that is just too soon! It wouldn’t happen that fast.”

After that terrible news back in March of 2009 God gave me the urgency to turn in adoption papers right away.

On the very day we turned in our papers we learned of our baby girl.

And she was born in the month of May.

God didn’t have pregnancy planned for me. He had something more.

Something far better. Something far bigger than my own plans. A miracle.

Choosing faith in Jesus Christ isn’t easy but if you don’t have faith in Jesus Christ you have nothing.

You cannot allow yourself to stay angry at God! Like I said, I would be angry at God for a season and then came a time when I knew it was time to turn that anger into TRUST – trust in Jesus Christ.

After choosing to trust Him I had to believe His promises found in Jeremiah 29:11.

Then I had to surrender my desires for His will knowing His will is always best. Always. Period.

And then comes the hardest part of all … waiting. Waiting on the Lord to reveal His marvelous plans.

This is the verse my Daddy prayed over and over while we waited for Little Bug to officially become ours:

I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14

Despite my bleak circumstances, I knew I had to continue to draw strength from the Lord and wait on Him to turn my tears into songs of joy.

He did – in His perfect time. If it had been any other time, I wouldn’t be Little Bug’s mommy and I wouldn’t trade that little girl for anything in this whole wide world.

Looking back now on those dark days I can honestly say those were some precious days because of the close intimate walk I had, and still have, with the Lord.

On those days when I had lost all hope and didn’t know up from down, I would get a notebook and my Bible and go to a quiet place and just allow the Lord to speak to me. If you go to a quiet place to be still and know that He is God and allow Him to speak to you, He will.

God taught me so incredibly much during those quiet moments with Him. I felt lost, deserted, defeated, angry, disappointed and heartbroken. In those quiet moments with Him, He took all of that and replaced it with His love, His peace, His strength and His joy. He taught me so much about Himself and it was there I learned to trust Him and wait on Him to reveal His master plan.

And like a father takes the hand of his child as they cross the street, God picked me up and carried me through those dark days.

The dark days do not last forever IF your hope and faith are in Jesus Christ.

His faithfulness goes on forever and ever.

He has a marvelous plan – a something more – for you, too.

Believe in His promises and put your faith in Him.

In His time, He will turn your tears into songs of joy.

Great is His faithfulness. Great is His faithfulness.

13 thoughts on “Great is His Faithfulness

  1. Thank you for sharing your heart, you journey, your faith. You can never know the impact that it has – but know that but hearing of your strength, and by reading the truth that you print here I am encouraged.

  2. What an incredible message- I certainly have asked myself all of those questions and have had to search deep for my faith at times. Infertility really challenges the person that you are inside and can shake your beliefs if you let it. Thanks so much for such encouragement!!! I needed it right now.

  3. amen! there is no one we can trust more than our precious Savior! and i agree.. even the darkest days are so blessed because we draw nigh unto Him and He unto us. thank you Father for your blessings!

  4. I don't know if this would work for you, but I have a friend going through the process of embryo adoption and it made me think of you. She is getting the chance to experience pregnancy through adoption but instead of watching the birth mom have the baby, she is going to be able to.

    http://www.embryodonation.org/

    http://www.embryoadoption.org/

    http://www.embryoadoption.org/faqs/index.cfm

    http://adopting.adoption.com/child/embryo-adoption.html

    babyparamore.blogspot.com

  5. Your story is so amazing that there is no explanation other than that it was God's plan for you to be Little Bug's mom from the start. I really enjoy reading your story and your faith is amazing.

  6. thank you for sharing and couldnt agree more. Its taken me to get to some of the lowest points before I realize there is an up which ive discovered this week:)

  7. What an encouragement it is to see someone who has found the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

    You are truly living out 2 Corinthians 1:4
    "He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us."

    Thank you!

    ***Beautiful reflection!***

  8. Oh Elaine! I cannot thank you enough for this . . . I, for sure believe in the anger only for a season and that it will only bring me closer to Him. It is what you said about the wait that spoke loudest to me. Patience is a struggle for me but I do trust Him . . . I TRUST Him now more than ever and will continue my walk with Him. My prayer continues and my faithfulness grows. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Love you,
    Ali

  9. Elaine, it is posts like this that make me so glad you have decided to keep this blog open. You are such an encouragement to me and so many others.

    I totally agree with what you said about "being angry at God for a season." It is "part of the process that brings you to a place of complete trust in Him" and I believe it is also absolutely necessary in terms of the grieving process. As you know, I relate very much to your reader who posed this question to you. After I heard those same awful words, "I'm sorry there is no heartbeat," I had to allow myself to completely grieve this loss, which included a season of being angry at God. But through this God brought the healing only He can bring. Yes, I still grieve over the baby we lost, but I have been able to press on, trusting that God does indeed have "something more" planned for me.

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