Are You Ready, Dear?
You listen to all the exciting news around you, waiting for your turn to come. You are excited for everyone, leaping for joy, but there is still a pain inside you as you await the arrival of the promise God spoke over your life. It’s easy to get depressed if He said that it would be here and it’s not. However, instead of being depressed, I’d like to ask you a question: Are you ready? Three years ago, I was an eager 23-year-old awaiting the chance of a lifetime. I had it all planned—my goal, my promise. My passion was to become a birth mom.
But how could I be ready when I was eating junk, not working out and drinking soda? Two weeks before IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) came up, I started relaxing and trying to lose weight as quickly as possible. I was so eager and excited that I went ahead of God and worked on my own timing. Things didn’t work out as I had planned. The Lord sat me down for a bit. It was in my time-out that I had to look at listen to God when He said, “Cora, your story is unique. Yours won’t be like everyone else’s.” Nevertheless, I was still devastated and I didn’t really adhere to His message.
That’s when my sister stepped in. “Cora, we weren’t ready. Now we can work on getting you healthy and prepare to try again. Don’t be upset. We will be ready next time.” I was angry, but I understood what she was saying. I needed to prepare. I had to realize I wasn’t ready. I thought everyone else gets pregnant easily and that IVF would be a breeze. Again, God’s words came—“Your testimony isn’t like the others.” Suddenly, it hit me. I’m not like everyone else.
It makes sense, and it’s quite simple. God has called you to something greater than your surroundings and circumstances. Because of that, your fight will be different. Each of us must do things differently to achieve “normal”. So you sit in your time-out, and realize that your promise—though it means everything in the world to you—is normal. But the route you walk is different.
Your end-game is the same as that of many other women, be they infertile or fertile or really anyone who has ever had a dream. And, as I sit here typing, I realize that it’s not the blessing the enemy is afraid of. He is afraid of the courage that it takes you to walk toward it. You are an overcomer simply because you are walking and stepping over the roadblocks he is placing before your feet. What if I told you the blessing isn’t what God is testing you for, but rather your walk as you proceed toward it?
When you are about to run a marathon, you don’t begin training the day of. You prepare your body months ahead of time—sometimes years. Your competitors are not worried about the day of the race or how you arrive at the finish line. They are worried about how hard you trained to get to the finish line, because that determines your tenacity and whether or not you will even finish!
Your blessing may not be here because you have stopped training instead of continuing to walk. You need to keep training until game day. Your practice is what the enemy is trying to stop—not the main event. This is the secret I finally understand. The power of God in you is stronger then the devil trying to stop your training time. Stop worrying about what you don’t have in your hands, and prepare for what God has already claimed for you.
It’s really simple. The Bible says the devil is already defeated. He can’t fight what is already yours. He fights your ability to get there. It makes so much sense that the enemy will come in like a flood. Whenever he comes, he is attempting to stifle your ability to receive what God already has for you. He isn’t fighting you for your blessing. He is fighting you for your walk. Keep going!
Our blessing—our end-game is a finish line in the race we all are running. We all have on the same outfit or uniform, but what makes you so amazing is how you trained. What makes you a winner is that you prepared. So here is your first fertility faith challenge of 2014: I challenge you to not stop simply because you don’t have the blessing in your hand. Rather, keep pushing. Keep training. That is why the enemy is angry. He doesn’t want you to continue. It’s not about your blessing. It’s about you traveling the different path toward your blessing. So, dear, the only question now is, “Are you ready?”