"Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labour; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband." Isaiah 54:1(NIV)
This verse comforts me throughout my twenties as the years tick by without a husband. This verse supports me through out my thirties as the years tick by without conceiving. This verse continues to guide my days as one who's never been in labour even though I am a parent through adoption.
How do I walk in joy? The Creator reminded me I'd always have opportunities to have spiritual children. He opened my eyes to the opportunities around me. He reminded me that He's the only one who can breathe life and it was my job to nurture the lives he'd already created. Sometimes it was only for a season and sometimes those relationships have lasted into the next generation.
The students that walked into my classroom each day became the precious children I could never give birth to in the natural. The Sunday School classroom became like a family where I got to practice nurturing them in the the faith. The young women, God asked me to text or to call for certain seasons, became significant daughters in the Lord.
Why do I sing? I sing because the Creator sings over me with his song. In Song of Songs, winter is declared over because the season of singing has come. Winter is past.
The morning stars sang during creation. Sometimes we have to shout for joy. We need to shout joy into our lives because we need to be louder than the enemy's voice in our heads. When we sing and shout, something changes in our hearts. Try declaring gratitude while dancing around your kitchen. We see things in a different way when out focus shifts to God and that's the power of the Holy Spirit.
Hannah modelled hope and trust in the Lord. Her understanding of who God is celebrates his omniscience, his ominipresence and his omnipotence. She echoes the prophet Isaiah that no one can prevail in their own strength. She didn't stuff her emotions in front of the Lord. Eli thought she was drunk in her utter abandon on the floor before the Lord. Look at Hannah's prayer of thanksgiving. It echoes the Magnificat in its scope. It's a powerful word that sings of God's sovreignty.
"My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
No one is holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth
For the Lord is the god of knowledge; and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty men are broken
and those who stumbled are girded with strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread
and the hungry have ceased to hunger.
Even the barren has born seven,
And she who has many children has become feeble.
The Lord kills and makes alive
He brings down to the grave and brings up
The Lord makes poor and makes rich
He brings low and lifts up
He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the beggar from the ash heap
To set them among princes
And make them inherit the throne of glory.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's
And He has set the world upon them
He will guard the feet of His saints,
But the wicked shall be silent in darkness.
For by strength no man shall prevail
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces;
From heaven He will thunder against them
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth
He will give strength to His king
And exalt the horn of His anointed."
I Samuel 2:1-10 NKJV
Keep trusting in the One who made you, you are not alone.