When the Barren Are Fruitful

When the Barren Are Fruitful

When I was a little girl I had a room full of dolls. Mind you, it was our third bedroom in our Brooklyn apartment but that’s where mami kept them. We had mostly baby dolls with a sprinkling of stuffed animals. I would set up my classroom and teach my students in that bedroom. Yes, my dolls were my pupils. As a little girl I dreamed of being a teacher. That dream later included getting married and having lots of children.

Fast forward three decades later, I was in my late thirties, single, childless and I never became that teacher, even though I studied to be one. What happened to the dream?

Surely, God had other plans. I married at thirty-nine and have been physically barren for 8 years. My husband and I have neither taken measures to stop procreation or orchestrate it.

For most people, the idea of being fruitful and multiplying is about having children. But what if God has something beyond the physical in mind? Throughout the past several years God has taught me that He is primarily concerned with us being spiritually fruitful.

Many people have offered a myriad of comments to me over the years, what are you waiting for, your biological clock is ticking, have you considered this. I’ve come to believe that physical pregnancy is a gift from God, not a promise. I’ve also learned that there are many ways to get pregnant but only one way to spiritually conceive. And in order to produce spiritual fruit a seed must be planted.

What couple doesn’t dream of producing children in their image? It’s the same with God. He desires to reproduce His Son in us.

When God planted the Word in the womb of Mary, His servant and Jesus’ mother, we saw how God set a spiritual standard for humanity. He challenged man’s belief that he is in charge of spiritual birth; that the spiritual seed that became flesh did not originate from man but from God. It is not man’s effort that brings about spiritual fruit but God’s power. He provides the seed and He causes it to multiply (1 Corinthians 3:6).

The beloved disciple wrote that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). The seed is the Word of God, Jesus Himself, the Word made flesh.

How do we become spiritually fruitful?

The Word of God is the seed that we need to reproduce spiritually. We have to be willing to receive that seed.

In 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Paul says, “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.”

Are you willing to receive the word of God in your spiritual womb? If so, here are a few simple ways to plant the word of God in your heart.

1. Read the word of God consistently.

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” — Psalms‬ 1:2‬ ESV‬‬‬

2. Memorize scripture.

“I consider your prophecies to be my greatest treasure, and I memorize them and write them on my heart to keep me from committing sin’s treason against you.” — Psalms‬ 119:11‬ TPT‬‬‬‬

3. Ask Holy Spirit to teach you.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” — John 14:26

Ibelisse is a writer who studied art, social work and theology. She spends her weekdays handing keys to federal prisoners. The rest of the time, you’ll find her either writing, engaged in bible study, reading books, crocheting, eating something with coconut in it or dancing to her sugarplum's house music.