“Sing, O Barren”
by Mary Beth Singleterry
In the book of Isaiah we read, “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord.”
This is a very comforting verse to anyone who may have had, or who is having a rough (and desolate) time. God is saying to them, “Your fruit will be far greater than those who are self-satisfied with their human life and with their human pride of family, etc.”
Never despair about outward circumstances or envy those who seem to “have it all.” Better the sharp experiences that “turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love” (S&H), than the self-based, human harmony that lulls us unwittingly into the Adam dream! “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing.” (John)
However difficult the path may be, if we turn wholeheartedly to our loving Father for comfort and guidance, He will turn the experience into gold. The fire of affliction burns away all the impurities that would hamper our progress heavenward and causes a life devoted to God to shine forth even more brilliantly!
As we are comforted in Romans, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”