Never Satisfied

“There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’:
the grave; the barren womb; land, which is never satisfied with water; and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’
Proverbs 30:15b-16

I ran across this passage a little while back. What I love is that the passage isn’t prefaced or followed by words of explanation nor advice. It simply lists things that are never satisfied and among that list is a barren womb. Yes, among death and a land without water (in which everything would then die) is infertility.

One of the most frustrating things in this journey is listening to those who in their ‘encouragement’, belittle the crisis that infertility causes in one’s life and marriage. This is no small matter. This is akin to death. In Genesis 30, Rachel begged Jacob to give her children or else she would die. I read one commentary on this and was beyond frustrated at the lack of understanding of Rachel’s emotional response. The author, talked over and over about how she was jealous and wrongfully discontented.

Without going into a my own commentary regarding the life crisis that infertility causes, I just want to take a moment to relish in the fact that ‘somebody’ gets it (referring back to the first verse).

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