Hannah needed a child. Her heart bled for a child. Nothing else could comfort her. Nothing else could make her laugh. Give her a thousand gifts, she wanted none. Her husband tried, but he wasted time. Wasted gifts. Wasted words. All rejected.
“Hannah!” Elkanah called to her one day. “Look at me, please. Am I not better to you than ten sons?” he whispered into her ear.
There was no response. Echoes of unanswered questions remained.
She must have turned away from him, flinching with guilt. Red-faced. Sullen. Angry — not at him, but at herself. She did not know why she had these feelings.
Every day, out of the corner of her eye, she noticed her rival Peninah, who not only had sons but daughters. She saw her laughter. She craved her joy. She was jealous of her fullness. And when she thought about herself, what did she have? Only gifts from her husband. No children.
So she prayed, and she prayed…and she prayed some more.
“God, please answer me,” she cried. She did not eat food before praying. “Why are you treating me this way?” she asked, with emptiness in her stomach. “If you can only give me the desire of my heart, I will dedicate him to You all the days of his life. I want a child.”
Eventually, she bore a son (1 Samuel 2). His name was Samuel. And she fulfilled her promise and dedicated him to God as a priest.
And by the way, guess what? Some years later, she also gave birth to three sons and two daughters.
3 Things to Know When You Desire One Thing (A child or anything)
1. Nothing you desire so much should make you sad.
Dear Proverbs 31 woman, there should be nothing you desire so much that should make you so sad. It’s okay to desire something so genuinely, but it’s even better to trust God and leave it up to Him. Please rejoice in God daily. For He has already seen the desires of your heart.
When you pray for something, commit your prayers into His hands and tell him, “I know that you’ve heard me.” This is the prayer of faith and trust. And if you trust in someone, then you won’t be worried or sad that He doesn’t have your best interest at heart. All those years Hannah spent being sad could have been utilized in something more joyful and fruitful.
2. God is not random. He is strategic.
What if God was just waiting for Hannah to realize the destiny of Samuel? It wasn’t that she was not capable of bearing children, but this child God would give her would be His priest. Maybe she just needed time to figure it out. To say, “Lord, He will be yours.” Maybe she needed to prepare her heart first. I don’t know, but God works in mysterious ways.
So in the period of your waiting, what should you do? You need to prepare your heart. You need to prepare yourself for what’s coming. Don’t just sit there and do nothing. No! You want something? Then before you get your heart’s desire, you need to get the skills to maintain the desire when it shows up at your door.
3. Nothing is Impossible with God.
If you are reading this and you think there are just some things that can never happen to you, you’re wrong. With the God I serve, nothing (absolutely nothing) is impossible with Him. Even when He tells you “no,” it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. He just has your best interest at heart. If you persist with your heart’s desires, He may give it to you. But on your part, only know that He is a good God, He is a strategic God, and He loves you dearly.
I would like to hear from you. What do you do when you need just one thing from God?
Need someone to pray with you? Just tell me in the comments. “For nothing is impossible with God.”
Till the next post, XOXO!