We have all read the story of Hannah, who could not have children. She prayed and wept bitterly before the Lord and he listened, giving her the son Samuel. After praying and hearing assurances from the priest, she left the temple and “went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.” While this story is used for illustrative purposes in many sermons and with lots of different points, I want to share a story very similar to Hannah’s. Her name is Mrs. Dunia. Mrs. Dunia teaches high school Social Studies at our school and is one of the most well liked teachers. She has been married for several years but does not have kids. As everyone knows, as soon as you are married people begin asking when you are going to have kids. Someone asked Mrs. Dunia this at the begining of the school year and I was shocked at her answer. She said that she had been trying for years and had not been able to get pregnant. BUT that she was praying one day and had a dream. God told her that she would be pregnant by the end of this year. Now I am all for prayers and for sharing when God answers them but I severally lack faith in God’s time table. I would never had told people that I would be pregnant within a year because frankly, I would just wait until God proved himself. Mrs. Dunia however had the faith of Hannah, she went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad because she believed God was in the process of answering her prayers. I began watching the calendar for her, thinking “only two more months till this school year is over. Hurry up God. Your going to make a liar out of sweet Mrs. Duna.” Yes, I realize that is not very “missionarly” of me but it truly what I thought on many occasions. But of course, God’s timing is perfect and thankfully he disregarded my lack of faith for Mrs. Dunia’s faith. She announced yesterday that she is pregnant and God has answered her prayers. She is a great example of a modern day Hannah who said in 1 Samuel 1:27 “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.”
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