12 May Shouting for Joy on Mother’s Day
I have seen so many posts floating around this week regarding those who are hurting this Mother’s Day, which is understandable because Mother’s Day is not an easy day for those who are still in the wait. In fact, that is what I addressed in my post last year. However, I want to take a different approach. I think it’s important we recognize that so many are grieving, but today I want to share why I am shouting for praise this Mother’s Day, a message I felt like the Lord wanted to me to share.
“‘Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child; Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed; For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous Than the sons of the married woman,’ says the LORD. Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.” Isaiah 54:1-3
So why am I shouting for joy? I believe my shouting and singing is a prophetic act that the barrenness will one day soon turn into fruitfulness. When we worship God, even when things are hard, fruitfulness breaks forth. I am choosing to shout for joy in my barren season because I know my children are coming.
Even if it’s the darkest and driest season you have ever experienced, don’t let the barrenness stop you from singing and dancing. God wants you to shout in expectation of your territory expanding. God wants you to shout and praise him for the miracle that is coming. God wants you to shout because he knows you won’t be barren forever. God wants you to shout because he knows that fruitfulness is coming. Choose to thank and praise God in the dry, barren and desolate season as you “Shout for joy, O barren one.”
The wisdom of this passage doesn’t stop there because verse 2 says, “enlarge the place of your tent… do not hold back.” Isn’t it amazing that the Lord not only gives a word to shout for joy in barrenness, but encourages those who are barren to expand their tents too? Don’t wait to prepare for the expansion of your family, but start getting ready now because your descendants are coming!
Anybody can celebrate after their breakthrough comes. Anybody can say “God is good” once their desolate season is over, but what about now? Are you choosing to shout for joy? This mother’s day you might not be holding your own baby in your hands, but you can still celebrate the mom in the making that you are. This time of preparation is just as important as the days to come. Don’t let a hallmark holiday keep you from shouting with joy in your current season. Fruitfulness is coming so start shouting now!
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