The little colorfully illustrated book caught my attention as the toddler I care for manipulated its pages. The pictures were beautifully drawn and displayed a woman in various stages of pregnancy and childbirth. I had been thinking about infertility and how I have been enduring a much too long wait to have a child through adoption. The title shocked me and begged an answer in order to keep going on, even after so many unanswered questions.
The book title was, “Where Do Babies Come From?” It seems like a simple question. All that would be needed is the mechanical answer including a wish, a desire, turned to physical union of one unsuspecting egg to one very determined little sperm swimmer. However for those experiencing infertility, the answer isn’t quite that simple.
Ladies that cannot conceive the normal way have chosen to begin a family with the many possibilities out there that MAY succeed, from the various methods of natural conception (basal temperature method, cervical mucus method, the calendar method, all for detecting when you are most fertile). Also from IUI (Intrauterine insemination), In Vitro Fertilization, Sperm donor shopping, and surrogate mothers all the way to the adoption of waiting children one would think this would all be easy. It’s not. For a lot of us, it’s not!
Looking at faith in the promises of God that encourage the barren to sing (Isaiah 54), be the happy mother of children (psalm 113:9) and the promise to heal broken bodies (Hebrews 11:11) encourages the belief in the supernatural rather than the normal natural means of conception. Still there is a struggle.
So where do babies come from? Is it human effort? Certainly human cooperation is involved. Is it a blessing from God? A healing to be grasped? Is the fruit of the womb His (God’s) reward (psalm 127: 3) Are these based on faith in God or human effort or both?
There is always a plan. God always has a plan to use the medical methods that are enhanced by His power to heal. He alone knows the unfolding of that plan in a life. Our response is to trust. This is the authentic enquiry. Can I trust Him? It’s such a simple question.