Do you have a verse in the Bible that always makes you smile? I do.
It’s Psalm 113:9 “He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.” (NIV)
A happy mother of children, that’s what I wanted to be. Although we already had a wonderful four year old in our home, we wanted more children. But it just didn’t happen. Month by month went by while I watched other young marrieds have babies.
Those were difficult years for me. During all that time I taught young children in Sunday school and babysat in the nursery while all the time praying and hoping for my own baby. I read this Psalm and asked God to please, please let me be a happy mother of children.
Finally, after four years, God gave me my heart’s desire, a wonderful little baby of my own. I was a “happy mother of children.” God gave me more babies so I was really “a happy mother of children!”
Somehow those four years became only a distant memory. Okay, sometimes, when the children were being naughty, I thought those first four years were the “happy” times….just kidding. J
So when I read the Bible and come across that verse today, I have a wonderful inner smile. I remember that God did, indeed, settle this barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children and I thank Him again for that privilege.
I bet there are other verses in the Bible which touch my emotions, I just haven’t ever thought of them that way. I’m going to stay alert as I read and see if there are more which make me smile, or make me sad, or angry, or whatever. I should just be alert as I read, anyway!