Guest Post: Hope Against all Hope
Today’s guest post is from one of my dearest friends I’ve come to know on this infertility journey, Roxanne Knott, founder of Grace Filled Waiting, an online ministry devoted to prayer and compassionate encouragement for those walking the infertility journey.
I came to know Roxanne through HOPE, our Christian Infertility Support Group at Lakewood Church almost 8 years ago. She came seeking support, but has also come on board as a team volunteer. Presently, she is leading the HOPE infertility support group while I’m away for a few months. One of the many things I love about Roxanne is her depth of compassion is lived out in a unique way. She makes a point to seek out those within our group going through fertility treatments. She comes alongside them, literally, with her presence being one-on-one physically and spiritually, through prayer with them.
Roxanne is priceless to me in so many ways. I love her so much. And, I’m sure you’ll love her too and see her compassionate heart as she conveys truth from God’s Word. I’m proud to be featuring my dear friend and guest post writer, Roxanne Knott.
Hope Against all Hope
Ever feel like you are at the end of your ropes and there is no reason left to hope? Your body isn’t working, the finances are drained from all of the tests and procedures, you’ve used your body as a pin cushion for months now praying that all the injectable meds will work, but still a negative pregnancy test this cycle too. The doctors have said there is nothing more they can do. It feels like there is no reason to hope any longer. Does that seem all too familiar for you today? I pray today you will find encouragement and a new sense of hope through God’s word.
Several days ago as I was reading, God brought me to the following passage and it stirred my heart.
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “that’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.
He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”
What a powerful few verses of scripture. So many things caught my attention. First of all, verse 18 that says “even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing.” Boy, that can sure be hard to do sometimes right? Month after month and year after year hoping, praying and waiting for the promise to come to pass.
Although our hope may fade at times, I pray that we would not allow our faith and trust in God to fade while waiting for the manifestation of our promises. Abraham’s faith grew and brought glory to God even while he was still waiting for the promise. God wants to do the same thing for us.
I love verse 21 that states “he was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” There are a lot of uncertainties on the infertility journey, but one thing I know for sure is that God is faithful and He IS able to do whatever he promises.
I pray today that your faith is strengthened, your hope is renewed and you are fully convinced that God IS able to do whatever he promises. Cling to the promises He has spoken to you and be assured that at the appointed time, they will come forth in the name of Jesus.
Roxanne writes at Grace-Filled Waiting. Be sure to check out her website and subscribe to her blog too at Grace-Filled Waiting.