“God has a plan; you just need to trust in it.”
Infertility is God’s plan? Welp, considering I’m not convinced “he” exists at all, this one is a problem for me, and I’m sure many others as well.
Luckily, most of my close friends know which side of the religion fence I stand on and don’t even try to go the Jesus route. They’re good like that.
The best analogy I’ve read about this little tidbit was comparing it to unemployment. When someone loses their job, they don’t chalk it up to “God’s plan” and sit at home twiddling their thumbs, waiting for God to drop wonderful job opportunities on their doorstep. Nope, they painstakingly polish up their resume, go out to CareerBuilder, and start applying.
I never really thought about the parallels between job hunting and infertility, but they can be pretty damn similar.
- Both are an emotional rollercoaster.
- While you can certainly prepare yourself for success, when it comes down to it, you have no control over the final outcome.
- It can take a really, really long time.
- People give you crappy advice that doesn’t really apply to you — “You should print your resume in full color and deliver it with a large pizza!” / “Have you tried putting your legs in the air?“
- Both can cause sadness and depression.
One HUGE difference that can’t be ignored: when you are having trouble finding a baby in your uterus, the government doesn’t provide you with 65% of a baby to tide you over until you conceive.
Something to remember, though — just because you have faith in God’s plan doesn’t mean you can convince the struggling woman in front of you to do the same. She might just be fed up with baby-making and has lost all hope. Or she may be Buddhist, atheist, or any other “ist” that means she doesn’t share your idea of God. Your own faith is just that — your own, and may or may not also be mine.