And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb…. Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
1 Samuel 1:6, 8 KJV
In story telling, obstacles create the necessary tension to move a story foward. Danny de Brujin says that obstacles can, ” …come in many forms, such as physical challenges, emotional struggles, or psychological dilemmas. These can prevent the main character from reaching their intention, sometimes by literally standing in their way”. The obstacle in our read is the struggle against barrenness. Obstacles become conflicts when confronted by the character’s faith. Now there’s something to resist the obstacle with. Hannah’s conflict is not just an old testament issue. The conflict continues today in many lives and homes. Maybe yours is a different kind of conflict, but it demands evidence of your faith. Have you ever felt like they told Jesus: Let God have him if he will, after all he said he is the son of God? Hannah wept. The husband consoled her, but the battle needed to be won. What’s the conflicts you’re facing like? How intense are the obstacles? I’ve got news for you, the drama is about to end. I know the author of your life story. I read the end. Its in your favour. Don’t panic. You’ll tell the testimony. Hannah did one thing. She prayed. You too can pray. Prayer is the way we unburden to God. You can pray. God is waiting to answer.