The day before Easter, Stacie and I found out we will have a baby before the end of the year! He/She will be our first. I still can’t believe Stacie is really pregnant. We had prayed and planned for this pregnancy, so the Lord has shown His favor and faithfulness. As God told Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28a). We do not know how many children the Lord will give us, but a “quiver full” (see Psalm 127:5) would suit me just fine.
I’m reminded of OT stories recounting God’s miraculous intervention when a womb was barren. God intervened in the cases of Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel. When Rachel realized she was not bearing any children, she told Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” (Genesis 30:1). That seems a bit overdramatic on her part, but you get the point: she is distressed, and she expects Jacob to do something about it. Jacob’s answer is insightful: “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” (30:2). In 30:22, God opened Rachel’s womb.
The Psalmist considers children to be “a reward” from God (Psalm 127:3b). So, God opens the womb, God allows children, and children that come are a reward from Him. This should cause parents to rejoice like Hannah did when she prayed after Samuel’s dedication: “My heart rejoices in the LORD…There is no one holy like the LORD…The LORD brings death and makes alive” (1 Samuel 2:1a, 2a, 6a), and we might add, “…And the LORD opens the womb.”