My blood boils, as the news broke on national TV, how dare she bring that up I fumed at no one in particular. What kind of woman uses the fact that she has children over another woman who can’t? Only a woman who has never suffered the pain of infertility or loss of a child.
I was enraged. I don’t know Theresa personally, but I do understand what it is to suffer from infertility.
The news this week has been of the interview given by Andrea Leadsom to the Times Newspaper. This came about as both she and Theresa May contested for the leadership of the conservative party. In a bid to throw the first punch she gave an interview to the Times where she claimed to be the best candidate because she has kids and her opponent don’t.
Theresa May has previously openly talked about her inability to have kids. As I watched the story played out on national TV I was shocked at the insensitivity of her opponent.
Infertility should not be an ace to be used in a contest, neither should other illness be used in the political arena.
I am reminded of the story of Hannah and her mate long time ago, both of them were married to the same men. Unlike her mate, Hannah was unable to bear children. Her rival wife taunted her cruelly, rubbing it in and never letting her forget that God had not given her children. This went on year after year. Every time she went to the sanctuary of God she could expect to be taunted. Hannah was reduced to tears and had no appetite. Her mate made her felt inadequate at every opportunity she had.
The beauty of it all was that Hannah never uttered a word. She took her pain and her problem to the all-knowing and all faithful one.
Infertility, loss or stillbirth can open the door for others to thrown mud at you. People may secretly glee at your demise, or make sniggering remarks regarding your situation.
Do not worry, just take Your problems to God. I remember when I got such remarks I always felt rage inside, but held my tongue.
Theresa May did the honourable thing and uttered not a word in her defence. Instead others fought for her. She didn’t have to do anything others took it upon themselves and called for Andrea to resign, which she did.
The battle is not yours, the battle is the Lord’s. He who has brought you this far will see you all the way. Just like Theresa, hold your peace, soon you will be matching your way to victory.
I dedicate this piece to anyone who has tried and failed to see their desires birthed in a child
To see suffering turned to glory
To anyone who wishes for a miracle but got a miscarriage
Your pain does not define you,
The snares and jeers will not deter you
Give your dreams wings to fly, soar above every pain and ugliness and see beyond to a peace and blessed ending.