"... I was pouring out my soul to the Lord... and the Lord remembered..."
I Samuel 1: 15, 19
I was on the track and field team in high school. I loved track meets and the busyness of the day. The loud crowds of families on the bleachers cheering for their child. Small children laughing and playing. The smell of hamburgers and popcorn filling the air. The mixture of runners, jumpers, and throwers all competing at once. The sound of the gun releasing us to run the race and reach the mark!
In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah had her eyes fixed on something specific. She had her eyes set on the mark… a son. Hannah was not going to let anything interfere with her desiring and longing for a child. The distractions of life would not interfere with her reaching her goal but it was not an easy journey for Hannah. There was the constant taunting and teasing by another woman who flaunted her many children before her daily. Hannah had a husband that loved her greatly but he didn’t understand her deep desire. And then there was the embarrassment of being labeled barren. But with all this going on around her, Hannah still had her eye on the mark!
We all live busy lives. If you are like most, you can quickly think of at least one thing you deeply desire. Some have buried that longing under years of the busyness of life and the distractions of the world. But like Hannah, you can refuse to give up and keep your eye on the mark. You can run to God and pour out your soul to Him and know He hears you and will remember you.
Be encouraged today to keep your eye on the mark!
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for giving me the strength to not give up in believing for _(fill in the blank)__________. Thank You for remembering me and granting me this desire. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Wife, Mother, Adoption Advocate, Writer, Illustrator
Who am I? Galatians 2:20 does a great job of summing up who I am. My life is His, the One who loves me and gave Himself for me . In return, I want to be all He wants me to be and do all He wants me to do on this side of Heaven.
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Recipient of the Angels in Adoption Award 2016. A program of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington D.C.