Saturday, September 5, 2009
Reflections Of The Past
This is a special time of year for our family. The season marks the birthday of our only grandchild Allison and the season of healing our daughter Amanda received three years ago. They are both a reflection of God's grace, mercy, restoration, and healing power.
The journey began in 2006 when Amanda became pregnant with Allison. It was a time in a young woman's life that she always looks forward to, having that first child. Amanda was finishing up her degree in college when our 'Job' experiences began in her third month of pregnancy.
She was having severe pain in her stomach. We made many trips to the hospital that year, 16 to be exact. Sometimes it was overnight and sometimes it was up to two weeks. There were many tests done that could be done on a pregnant woman. Different doctors were called in but no one could figure out what was causing the problem. All they could do was treat the symptoms and so she was on morphine or demeral during her stays in the hospital and other pain meds when not in the hospital.
It was truly a 'One Day At A Time' walk with the Lord, praying each day for the battle she faced that day while still trying to live in a state of expecting the joy of a new baby. We stood on Jeremiah 1:5..Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee and that is the verse she used on the baby shower invitations.
Amanda experienced kidney stones, kidney infections, her gall bladder was removed, blood transfusions, diabetis which would show up then it wouldn't, eclampsia, yes eclampsia, resulting in a seisure on Labor Day and therefore the emergency delivery of a baby 7 weeks early.
I could write a book. It was unbelievable. Yet God was with us throughout the ordeal, giving us a healthy grandbaby with no effects from all the medications, tests, and gall bladder surgery.
Amanda came home without the baby then one week later Allison came home. We were so thankful and thought the battle was over only to have Amanda back to the hospital 3 weeks after delivery with severe pain again.
This time they found something. They said it was a mass in her small intestine. My parents came and stayed with our premature grand-baby while I stayed with Amanda. Her husband Chris had to work to keep the insurance they desperately now needed.
Her intestine was telescoping on itself along with growths inside of it which was the source of the pain all along. She had another surgery with the removal of part of the intestine along with the growths inside. The recovery was long with a very weak but determined daughter.
I watched her stand in faith throughout that year and in the years that have followed. I heard her prayers to God during that time and I heard her intercede for her baby. They are both very healthy now. They have a new home and Amanda has that job she worked so hard for.
It was a time of growing closer to the Lord and growing closer with those that stood in the gap and prayed for us. It was a time when no man, doctor, or nurse had the answer and God's Word stood alone.
So this Labor Day I look at the picture above which is a reflection of God's grace, mercy, restoration and healing power.
And I proclaim "GREAT IS OUR GOD".