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1.22.2008

Little Faith

One morning last week, as I was meditating on God’s Word, I came to an answer of sorts to my questions about prayer and faith and infertility. I was reading in Matthew 17, which gives an account of an evil spirit that the disciples could not cast out.

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you (v. 19-20).


I had been feeling like I imagine the disciples felt in that moment – sheepish, ashamed, condemned over failures. I was slinking to Jesus furtively, secretly, to ask, “Why can’t I overcome this inability to have children? What is wrong with me that you won’t answer my prayers? Is it my fault that I haven’t gotten pregnant, because I don’t have enough faith?” Because honestly, I often do have doubts that God can or will work against the odds to cause me to conceive. Three years of infertility, three failed IUIs, and two unsuccessful IVFs loom like my own personal and implacable mountains, and my faith falters in their shadow.

As I brought these bewildered questions and struggles before God, my thoughts suddenly took a turn. When I blame myself and my lack of faith for my infertility, I make faith into a legalistic work that earns me the blessing I want. But it’s not so! Faith is a gift that I depend on the Spirit to give. Do I lack faith that the Lord will give me a child? Yes. So what should I do? Lament that my infertility is all my fault? No! I should ask for more faith! And that is just what I am now seeking to do. In fact, I’m putting a pause on my requests for children instead directing my prayers toward the gift of faith – more faith in the gospel, more faith in the good news that Jesus saves and justifies and sanctifies and satisfies, and more faith that God is sovereign and not bound by infertility statistics. And this is one prayer that I have confidence my Lord will delight to answer.

7 comments:

Sam said...

Delurking to say Wow! I have been feeling like this as well of late and have been wondering how I can get my faith back on track and trust Him to deliver on His promise to me. Thank you for expressing what many Christians do not want to admit. May God bless you soon.

Elaine said...

That was a very inspirational post. How many times we all have exercised lack of faith--not just in this area of our lives, but in others also. I will pray for God to fill you full of faith as only He can. Hugs, my sweet friend.

GLouise said...

Yes, so many times my faith is so small.

I was also wondering if I could get your opinion on this article.

http://blog.cbeinternational.org/?p=46

Flicka said...

Exactly!

Heather said...

andrea - so interesting how this question of faith surfaces for all of us pouring our hearts before God in petition. I wrote a post about this on my non-IF blog (which you are more than welcome to now that I've taken a sabbatical on my IF blog): www.onemorelastword.blogspot.com

Jen said...

What a great challenge! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

Andrea,
I know that I will be coming back to these thoughts to read again & again -- thank you!