I waited on the Lord for eleven years for the fruit of the womb. There were challenges along the way but, as the hymn says, the promises of the Lord never fails and indeed my testimony speaks for itself. He gave me double for my trouble. My husband and I were blessed with a set of twins in May 2003.
I got married in May 1992 and like every young bride, waited anxiously for the missed period. It did not come that easy. For the first 8 years, it was a roller-coaster of high expectation and dashed hopes. I had prayed and prayed, but was now getting weary of the wait. I reached a point when I actually stop praying for the fruit of the womb, but believed it will happen if that was God’s will for me.( now I know better that indeed fruitfulness is God’s will for all His children.
During the wait time, there were also piles of frustrating doctors’ reports. Mind you, they were expectant for me but it was soon clear to me that the answer was not in their hands. They could try their best, but it is only God who is the giver of all good gifts. There was also the spiritual fellowship. This helped a great deal to keep hope alive, but there were still periods of swinging faith.
In 2000, for the first time, I had my first pregnancy. It was one of the most joyous days. At last, the wait was over, or so I believed. At about 18 weeks of gestation, I lost the baby. It was a boy. We were devastated. I cannot begin to explain how we felt then. It was a bad situation. I thank God, that I know God. This made all the difference.. The only thing I could hold on to was my God. I went back to the book of Job, and studied and meditated upon it. I certainly had not gone through the minutest fraction of what Job went through. I took comfort that if the Lord could turn around Job’s situation for good, then He would do mine. Job 42:10, ” …and the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”
The next two years continued in the same roller coaster mode. I got pregnant for the second time in 2001. I lost the pregnancy at 10 weeks gestation. Later in the year, I conceived again for the third time. This time, I was ready to fight the enemy, or so I thought. I said to myself, it can not happen a third time. Well, it did. The most painful of all. At 23.5 weeks gestation, I lost the baby. It was a boy.
I had to step up my act-spiritually. It was now a case of spiritual warfare. I was as down as I could possibly be, but I believed that the Lord would exalt me somehow. There was no place else to go, but UP!. There had to be light at the end of the tunnel and I believed that if only I could remain steadfast in the Lord, He would fulfill His promise concerning me.
He did! In May of 2002, I received, claimed and believed a word of prophesy from Pastor Adeboye, the G.O of my church at a convention. “The Lord said there is a woman who had come asking if only God could bless her with just one child the Lord was going to surprise her and give her two.” That certainly was my prophesy.
It was a turbulent time. The Lord had promised, but the enemy was not going to rest. The doctors said everything negative they could think of, I was strongly advised to reduce the twin pregnancy to a singleton. According to the doctors’ report, I had no chance of carrying the pregnancy to term based on my medical history.
The Lord exalted me. I carried my pregnancy to eight and half months and in May 2003, gave birth to the healthiest and most beautiful twins ever. The Lord gave me double for my shame, a boy and a girl. Olaiya and Remilekun……all to the glory of God. They continue to fill my heart with joy and are a constant reminder to me and my husband that the Lord can NEVER fail.
Some of the promises that encouraged me during the wait include: Habakkuk 3:17-19. “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord is my strength, and He will make my feet like the hinds’ feet, and He will make me walk upon mine high places……”
Psalm 126: 1-3, Isaiah 43:18-19 ” Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will make even a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 26:3, Jeremiah32:27. ” Behold I am the Lord, the God of all flesh, is there anything too hard for me?
Matthew 10:26 ” …..With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”
Isaiah 53:5, Psalm 127:1-5 . 128:1-4
The lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He showed up in my situation and showed me off. That same God is still on the throne. He will do it for you too. Amen.
Toyin A. ( culled from God’s Waiting Room by Yewande Z.)
Final note…… Are you thinking about your lost pregnancy?, God is the reason you have not lost it all in the process, give Him thanks for that and keep believing, He will do it for you.
Are you asking God when Lord, when? Change your language to that of thanksgiving for the beautiful children He is bringing your way. The Lord will fulfil your heart desires!
You are a mum/dad in Jesus name