by Allison Becker
December 26, 2021
“But we long to see you passionately advance until the end and you find your hope fulfilled. So, don’t allow your hearts to grow dull or lose your enthusiasm, but follow the example of those who fully received what God has promised because of their strong faith and patient endurance.” (Hebrews 6:11-12 TPT)
I visit this drawing every year at Christmas time. I drew it in the hospital with my son in 2015. At the time, the Lord had me give it to one of the staff members there. He wanted her to know that she was seen.
Sometimes, whether during the holidays or average day to day, we wrestle with that truth… among others from Our Loving Father.
“Am I seen?”
“Do You hear?”
“Did You say?”
If you’ve ever grabbed hold of a promise from Him that took a little bit longer than you’d like, you have likely struggled with questions like this. Perhaps, like me, you are now.
I’m so glad that I snapped a photo of this drawing before giving it away! God has blessed my own soul more than once with the reality of just some of the gifts He brought to me through His faithfulness to a nation brought through the womb of one young woman. One virgin girl full of faith and purity in a highly polluted time and place was used to bring God’s promise not just to her people, but to everyone on the planet. Her innocent “yes!” literally birthed the Way for your and my answers to these questions to be forever settled.
In a world where the multitudes are following their own desires, did you know that it only takes one? One heart absolutely abandoned to the will of the Lord. We see it all over Scripture: Abraham, Noah, Hannah, Samuel, Gideon, David, Paul… the list goes on outside the pages of the Word, touching this world here and now. The common thread in all those stories was persevering faith in the God of the promises who doesn’t lie, mislead, or change.
Have you heard a word from Him over your life? Are you pregnant with a promise? Some of His pregnancies take a loooooooooong time. That’s the dreaded persevering thing. We’re born with a deficit of it. We’ve been reborn in Christ with a gift of it (Galatians 5:22).
It will be challenged. Not because God doesn’t care, isn’t listening, or doesn’t see you. It’s because there is a force working against your promise, against the very God of the promise Himself. He’s been tempting God’s precious people to question what He’s spoken since the very beginning. He’s loud and obnoxious. He works to bring about abortions in every stage of the pregnancy, no matter how far along you are. I want you to get a picture of this through a look at the actual abortion debate. Your enemy – God’s enemy – wants to kill your promise at every stage, from heartbeat to delivery. He will try to wear you out with intense pressure, fear, confusion, doubt, and disappointments in order to get his way.
Why? Because Jesus is entering this world one more time through a pure, faithful girl. Your individual promises are part of God’s bigger plan.
If you are feeling weary from the battle today…
I enCOURAGE you to rest your head on God’s chest and read over these promises to you in the picture. Hear His heartbeat, which utterly swallows up the voice of the enemy. May God give you fresh hope, clear vision, and a belly full of fire for as long as it takes to see His promises here on earth as it is in Heaven. I can’t tell you exactly what that looks like in your life or mine, but I do know that the enemy can’t stop it and it’s better than we think.
Here is the breakdown of the promises in the drawing:
Love Came Down:
To prove you are LOVED
To BIND up your broken heart
To FREE you from sin
To reconcile you to GOD Almighty
To SAVE you from death
To bring you into the LIGHT
To make you HIS planting for the display of His splendor
To give you JOY and a song of praise
To PROVIDE for you
To crown you with BEAUTY
To COMFORT you who mourn
To declare you RIGHTEOUS, holy, & blameless
To make you a daughter and SON
To freely GIVE