"So That"

Yesterday, my husband and I separately read 2 Corinthians 1 in our devotions. We read it together last night. This morning, we found the same passage in a new email from my mother-in-law. The passage really struck me as I read it the first time. The second time, I tried to read it aloud to Caleb through my tears. If Romans 12:12 is our infertility theme verse, 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 must be our infertility theme passage.

Here are portions from the passage:

portions from 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Praise the Lord for his comfort, for being a high priest that sympathizes with our weakness (Hebrews 4:15), and for giving us "so that." We don't know what our "so that" is, but this passage gives us two ideas: "So that we may be able to comfort those in any affliction" (vs. 4) and "so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many." We already feel that our suffering is making us more sensitive to the suffering of others. When a child joins our family someday, the prayers of MANY will be answered. I imagine that there are many more "so thats" in God's plan for us: so that all glory will go to God, so that we rely fully on Him, so we become more Christlike, etc.

Honestly, I don't want it right now. I want to be out of this phase. I want to bid adios to infertility NOW. But, I can't let myself get stuck there, so I will focus on "so that."