Hannah & Samuel

The story of Hannah & Samuel has come up in conversation many times recently, which made me want to examine it again. While I read it, so many of the verses speak to me. I love that the word is active and alive and always speaks in new and different ways. Of course this story hits close to home for me because it’s about infertility, so I wanted to share some of what stood out to me:

  • Verse 1 – Elkanah was called a ‘certain man’. This story is such a reminder that God words through the ordinary, every day people like you and me. God used Elkanah, just as He can use you and I for His purposes.
  • Verse 5 & 6 – God is sovereign over the womb. Just as mentioned in 1 Samuel 1:6, He also mentions this in Genesis 20:18, Genesis 29:31, and Genesis 30:22. He is the one who opens and closes the womb.
  • Verse 8 – Just as husbands like and try to do now, Elkanah tried to fix Hannah’s problems. No matter how much he tried, Elkanah couldn’t fulfill her desire to be a mom.
  • Verse 8 – Similarly, just as wives often do when battling infertility, Sarah grew in bitterness and she wept. This is one of the things that makes me most sad about infertility – is seeing all the woman who grow bitter. Hannah is so blessed, but was blindsided by it all that her bitterness and tears that overtook her.
  • Verse 10 & 15 – Hannah brought her feelings to the Lord. What Hannah did with her feelings is the same thing we should do – run to Him, not away from Him.
  • Verse 11 – Hannah comes to a place of complete surrender when she told the Lord she would dedicate her son to the Lord if He blessed her womb, a place we should all be no matter if we are waiting for something from the Lord or not.
  • Verse 19 – Hannah worshiped the Lord, in faith, even though she hadn’t conceived. What a beautiful example of praising God before the miracle.
  • Verse 20 – “In the course of time” Hannah became pregnant. Just like always, God was RIGHT on time.

What I love about Hannah’s story is how her story of conceiving ends. 1 Samuel 2:21 says, “Hannah had 2 daughters and 3 sons.” Yes, she had to wait, but she didn’t just conceive one child, she conceived 6! Isn’t that just like God to show up and do abundantly more? There is so much to be learned from Hannah’s story. I want to make sure I’m taking my concerns to the Lord and praising Him in faith before I receive my miracle. I have no doubt that He will bless us at the perfect time and it will be beyond what we could have asked or hoped for.

Hannah and Samuel - 1 Samuel 1:27

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  • Renee Young
    Posted at 10:18h, 20 February Reply

    I love this story in the bible. It is such a great reminder. The women’s leadership group that meets in my classroom has gone over this. It is neat to hear it from a high schooler’s perspective too. I love how you are actively living this out and seeing how it applies to your own life.

    Thanks for your transparency.

    Renee Young

  • Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace
    Posted at 10:25h, 20 February Reply

    Love the story of Samuel and Hannah. I can imagine that continued infertility would make one grow bitter, but trusting and believing that it will happen in time is so important.
    Have a great weekend hun!

  • Kelly @ Southern Komfort Blog
    Posted at 11:02h, 20 February Reply

    I haven’t read this story but I need to. Isn’t it so awesome how the Bible has those stories that can provide hope, healing, and reassurance that what we may be going through isn’t something that we have to do alone? Happy Friday!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 12:41h, 20 February Reply

    I loved the thoughts God gave you concerning Hannah! She has been such a mainstay to me for so many years, as her story is so close to my heart. I often tell Zachary that each time in the Bible that God opened the womb of a barren woman and sent her a son, He always had a very special plan for his life. (Hannah & Samuel, Rachel & Joseph, Elizabeth & John the Baptist, Sarah & Isaac, etc.) YES, my dear friend, one day, He will send you your Samuel! And he will bring you more joy than you could ever now imagine!! God’s hand will be upon him from the moment of conception, and you will one day hold him in your arms. In the meantime, I love your positive attitude and how you and Colby continue to live and enjoy life. I love that you pursue time and adventure together and that you are allowing this to make you better, not bitter. You are a shining light in an arena where all too often bitterness and despair overtakes and life is put on hold as it is consumed by the disappointments of inferility. God bless you and Colby and very soon send you the desires of your hearts!!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 14:27h, 20 February Reply

    Thank you for sharing this story and for reminding me of the promises God has made. Going through infertity has felt like a very lonely journey and I am so grateful that I found your blog. I feel like I am not alone and I feel uplifted when I read your posts. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

  • Elisha
    Posted at 14:41h, 20 February Reply

    yes, yes, yes! I always refer back to Hannah when I talk to other women about “waiting gracefully.” Because once she had the promise that the Lord had heard her and would grant her the request, she was no longer downcast. She was no longer bitter. Instead she worshiped and praised and went on to enjoy life. I’m so glad you touched on this topic. xo

  • Dreaming of Diapers
    Posted at 15:45h, 20 February Reply

    Just LOVE this….needed it today 🙂 xo

  • Holly
    Posted at 22:25h, 20 February Reply

    Your faith is so refreshing. I am so rooting for you guys. Have you ever read “Hannah’s Hope?”

  • Finley
    Posted at 00:51h, 21 February Reply

    Yes indeed as God will always know exactly what we need when we need it! my sister in law and dans brother waited for 12 years for their little girl….they named her Hannah! because of this exact thing. Our God is so awesome!

  • Beka
    Posted at 06:05h, 21 February Reply

    These are good truths, friend!

    What if Samuel was such a great man because his Mom had to wait so long to have him and during the waiting time she prayed hard for not just him, but for his character, his walk with God and more!

    Thanks for sharing this and thanks for being an example of praising during the waiitng.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 07:27h, 21 February Reply

    Amen girl. Amen and amen. Love you.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 09:53h, 21 February Reply

    I love your examination of this story, and I’m SO excited to see how the Lord fulfills this promise to you and Colby!

  • Jessah
    Posted at 18:50h, 21 February Reply

    Your faith is always a testament! This reminds of a print I just got for the baby’s room.

  • Laura @ Making Baby Provence
    Posted at 09:23h, 26 February Reply

    I admire and am inspired by your faith, Caroline. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Erin | It All Matters Mom
    Posted at 14:45h, 26 February Reply

    I agree about loving how God uses scripture still because it’s alive and relevant and always will be. I love your perspective on not becoming bitter. God has what’s best for us — always! Enjoyed your post — as always.

  • Rhonda
    Posted at 16:14h, 03 March Reply

    So I am going through my emails, and the first one I open is a daily verse I receive – and it’s 1 Samuel 2:2. It spoke to me and I posted it on FB. With Hannah’s story still on my heart, I move to the next email – and it’s the one that takes me to this post!

    One of my favourite songs is “Hannah Prayed” by Jeff & Sheri Easter.

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