Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Barrenness

"...the LORD had given her no children." 1 Samuel 1:5

Hannah was barren. Unable to bear children. She was fruitless. Yielding nothing of value.

I have experienced times of barrenness. Times when nothing comes to birth in my activities, service or relationships. Life seems worthless, bleak and desolate. An uninhabited wilderness with no opportunity for cultivation or growth.

A dream isn't realized.

Hope is deferred, detained and denied.

Devastated, abandoned and lifeless, a great sadness envelops the soul with a feeling of being forsaken.

Alone.

Ineffective.

Yet, God, and only God, can breathe life into anything at any time.

He is both Giver and Sustainer. (Hebrews 1:3)

He can take my heart and my life, crushed by grief, deprived of use, deserted, devoid, dismal and dreary and provide the oxygen needed to breathe again.

Breathless and barren, I wait for Him.





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5 comments:

On Purpose said...

I love you! But more important HE loves you...and I second the "don't give up!" part! You are such an amazing and beautiful daughter of our King! Hugs around you tightly! Praying for strength to endure and knowing His love is wrapped around you!

Lori said...

You have such a talent with words, dear Joy!

Psalm 103:2-4
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-
...who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion. Praying that right now, you are nestled up close to Him...feeling the comfort that only He can provide!

Love you,
Lori - Mesa,AZ

Judy Dearing said...

Sweey Joy - I just envision you sitting in God's lap, His arms are tightly around you as your head rests on His shoulder crying. Jesus is there gently wiping away your tears and storing them in a beautiful bottle. I continue to pray for you,your father, and family.

Judy.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

So much hope you offer us, Joy, in the midst of such pain. Thank you, friend. I needed to hear the message of love tonight.

peace~elaine

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