There were two farmers, neighbors, both praying for rain for their crops - for their livelihood. After praying, one farmer waited for the rain; the other farmer went to his field and started preparing for rain. Which one do you think had the greater faith?"
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
7 years ago, when I was suffering from a terrible heart-breaking breakup, my mom had me watch "Facing the Giants." There was a scene where an old man who came into the school to pray over the lockers had told the main character to "prepare for rain." The man ironically was dealing with infertility, and the old man was basically telling him to start preparing for what needs to happen when God answers his prayers.
I began to see that God is honored in hope and expectancy. There are so many things we are WAITING on Him for and we can chose to go forward with a spirit of fear, or with a spirit of hope. I believe this verse takes it a step further and encourages us to actually start preparing for what we are asking of God. Like, expecting Him to move.
Don't get me wrong, I know I cannot change God's plans. Sometimes, it is not His will to "rain" so to speak. However, as we move forward with IVF, we are choosing to present our prayers to God with expectancy. God has put the desire to parent in our heart. We are going through the most aggressive treatment out there to reach this desire. Until God shuts the door, we are going to humbly, prayerfully, and hopefully EXPECT to be pregnant, this cycle. If He says no, He says no. But for now, we are going to PREPARE. As sort of an "act of faith" I bought this bear hat last night, EXPECTING to someday, on MY baby (via IVF, natural surprise, surrogate, or adoption) take this picture shoot:
DID YOU SEE I HAVE A BLOG ON THIS SAME, EXACT THING WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH THIS IVF?!?!?!
That's so funny! LOVE IT!