2013-09-02 - What Would Elkanah Say?
Why are you crying, Hannah? Elkanah would ask. Why arent you eating? Why be downhearted, just because you have no children? You have me isnt that better than having ten sons? (1 Samuel 1:8)
It is no secret that my wife Hannah desperately craved a child. I tried to be loving and supportive, but I did not understand why she was upset. I didnt see why Hannah needed or wanted a baby. I failed to realize that she could love me and a child at the same time.
Not having a child of her own was making Hannah miserable. She wanted to shape a life that was a part of herself. Peninnah, her foe and my other wife, threw it in Hannahs face that she was a mother, and Hannah was not. Its hard not to be envious of others who have what you seek, especially those who seem to take their blessings for granted. Hannah didnt need reminding that something was missing.
I believe once Hannah was able to sacrifice her want, the desire for a child, she was able to receive her request. Its not as easy as it sounds, to give up the one thing, the one person you desire most. Hannah had to prove to the Lord where her priorities and commitment lay. Hannah needed to show God she loved Him more than any child. We, too, need to put our wants in perspective.
So in the course of time, Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son, our son Samuel. The agony of thinking about and wanting a baby was over. She prayed a prayer of thankfulness. Later we had more children. Something we never bargained for or even thought attainable. God poured down His favor in an unexpected way.
Lord, Thank You for coming to my aid. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.