A story: Child of Promise

It seems that wherever we turn at present, God is doing amazing things.

Yesterday we held a baby shower: here’s the story behind it.

Shama is a new Christian from a Hindu background. She and her husband had been trying for a baby for several years, but with no success. When they finally consulted an OBGYN, tests showed she would need surgery before conception was possible, but with the various things going on in their lives, they knew they would have to delay.

One evening this last January, when Shama was feeling especially despondent about this, she flipped open her Bible and said., “God, I’ve no idea if you speak into this kind of situation, but will you show me something from your Word?”

Her Bible fell open at a passage in 2 Kings 4–not a passage that a six-month old believer usually reads. In this story, a Shunammite woman has prepared a small “prophet’s chamber” for Elisha. When Elisha asks what he can do for her in return, his servant, Gehazi, suggests that he prays for her to have a child. They call her in, and as she stands in the doorway, Elisha tells her, “Next year at this time, you will be holding your son in your arms!”

This verse was a huge encouragement to Shama, who took it very literally. She brought it to the church that meets in our home, and everyone prayed for her using this verse as the basis.

One Friday in April, Shama came back to church looking very solemn. The only sign that something might be going on was that her husband was holding a video camera. We usually start our times together by asking what the Lord has done in anyone’s life that week. Shama started. “Do you remember how three months ago, I read to you that passage about Elisha?” she said. “I’d like to read it to you again.”

She read the passage, very solemnly. I remember thinking, “Oh no! She’s past the time when that verse could be fulfilled.”

Then all of a sudden, she bursts out with a huge grin, “I’m pregnant!!”

Pandemonium broke out in our group as we realized that the Scripture was going to be fulfilled literally. One year from the Lord giving her that passage, Shama will be holding her son (and yes, it’s a boy!) in her arms.

Praise God.

Photo Credit: Etolane (Creative Commons)

  • Patrick

    Amen!

  • http://twitter.com/JanPrazak Jochánán

    It’s a good story, although I won’t suggest people to pick a random verse out of the Bible just to see “what God has to tell me today”. This can be even dangerous (in some cases).

    But I want to tell you a similar story: one brother in our church was happily married, but his wife couldn’t get pregnant. They decided to undergo an investigation and finally this gave them even less hope – BOTH of them were infertile. They decided to put up with this fact and the only thing which was left was prayer. So they prayed and guess what, today they have 2 kids :-) God does miracles, indeed.

    • felicitydale

      I love your story too. Isn’t it wonderful that God takes us where we are and uses any and all ways to speak to us.

  • http://www.horizonpacificvacations.com/ Horizon Pacific Vacations

    What an amazing story of a miracle! Thanks for sharing and best of luck to Shama and her husband with their new bundle of joy on the way.

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