Thirsty Thursday: You Don’t Know

This passage in Job really struck me the other day.  This is God speaking to Job:

Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?  Do you observe the calving of the does?  Can you number the days they fulfill, and do you know the time when they give birth, when they crouch, bring forth their offspring, and are delivered of their young?  Job 39:1-3

As humans, we think we have it all down.  Scientifically, we understand how conception happens and from experience we know that there is a typical time of gestation for a fetus.  However, we do not know when conception actually happens.  We don’t see it.  God does.  Not every child is born after the typical nine months gestation period.  Cupcake was born two weeks past her due date.  One of Cupcake’s friends was born almost a month before the date she was expected to be born.  God has an appointed time for every person, animal, and plant to arrive on earth and an appointed time to depart.

There are some things that we will never completely know and those are things that God alone can answer.  Why is it so easy for some couples to conceive and not others?  Why do the people who do not want to have children get pregnant, while those who desperately want to be parents cannot?  I don’t know.  God knows.  God sees our sufferings.

Hannah wanted a child so bad that she wept and wouldn’t eat (1 Samuel 1:1-8).  Her anguished prayers for a son were so emotional that the priest thought she was drunk in the temple (1 Samuel 1: 9-16).  When Eli heard Hannah’s explanation, he told her, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to Him” (1 Samuel 1: 17)

And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, “I have asked for him from the LORD.” 1 Samuel 1:20, emphasis mine

In due time, God will make a way for you.  Whatever that may be.


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