So today is day 4 of being in the hospital with my 29-week old baby girl Zaylah Marie. During this time I have been blown away at the mercies and grace that God has extended to both myself and my wife. We have received a great outpouring of love and support from our family, church family, and friends. Before I discuss the miracles of God, I want to take a step back and reflect on a portion of scripture that has been burning in my heart since this has all transpired.
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. ~John 9:1-3
This scripture has been my viewpoint during the beginning stages of this journey. My daughter was born at 29 weeks which means she is a premature baby. I could question why, or get upset at God for allowing something like this to happen but when I slow down to think about it, my heart is overjoyed because I know that though my daughter was born early that the “works of God will be displayed through her.”
I have been amazed at the works that God has performed already in this situation. Here are a few of them:
The miracle for my wife:
My wife’s body was shutting down on Wednesday morning, and we had no idea. My wife usually just toughs it out if she feels sick, but she felt God speak to her that she needed to get to the hospital ASAP and I am so glad that she listened. Her liver was shutting down, blood pressure was sky high, and she was puking with a massive headache. Her enzyme levels should have been way too low for her to have the emergency c-section but when the doctors looked at her enzymes and saw that though her liver was down her enzymes were through the rough, they decided to do the c-section even though they could not explain why her enzymes were so high.
The miracle for the newest addition to our family baby Zaylah Marie:
Though my baby was born at 29 weeks, her body is functioning like she had been born on her due date. The significant areas of concern were her liver (operating at 100%), her lungs (breathing on her own with no help), her intestines (she is soiling her diapers as she should be), plus so much more. The doctors have been amazed because she is defying every one of their expectations, God is indeed showing is work through her.
The miracle for me:
I knew my wife was going to the hospital Wednesday morning, so I expected a call from her. I received three calls in all that day. The first call I received was from my wife letting me know she got to the hospital safely. The second phone call I received was from a lady in the OBGYN office saying hey we are going to keep your wife for a few hours and then fly her down to Community North so she can be monitored. At that moment I asked a few people in our office to pray with me for my wife’s safety and my baby. The third phone call I received was from the doctor at the OBGYN office saying in essence “GET DOWN HERE NOW, WE ARE DELIVERING YOUR BABY”!. As I my heart was pounding and a million things going
As I my heart was pounding and a million things going through my mind I hear this still small voice while I am driving like a mad man down the highway that simply said: “do you trust me”? I know this voice, it brings calm when I am going crazy and has put me in check more than I care to count. I’ll spare you the lengthy conversation, but I said: “yes, I trust you no matter the outcome!”.
The thought that I was very close to losing both my wife and my baby Z has lit a fire in my heart. Anyone that knows me knows I have a heart for God and want to pursue him, but after this week that fire is burning even hotter and brighter. God shined his favor on me! He gave me the life of both my wife and my baby Z! His mercy is far reaching, and his grace knows no bounds. This experience has created a renewed purpose in me. The excuses that I had for dragging my feet when it comes to God’s purpose in my life has now been eradicated. I am so grateful for what he has done for me, and I want to show that through complete obedience.
The miracle for others:
As if this wasn’t enough, the hospital is all talking about the miracle of baby Z and my wife. From the beginning of Wednesday until today as I write this post-God is being glorified. People in the hospital witnessed us praying over our baby girl before they had to fly her down to the hospital we are currently. The nurses and doctors that were with us in our room were amazed because even the emergency flight crew (who we were told never pray) bowed their heads and agreed with us in prayer. People that know of God are asking questions about God to Christ followers that work at the hospital.
God has taken this situation and not only showed himself strong, but he has shown out! You can see the amazement on the faces of the doctors and hear the disbelief in their voices. God is God, and there is no one like him! He is in a league all his own, and no one can comprehend the depth of his love for us. (Romans 8:28-38)
I am more aware than ever that everything works together for God’s glory. Though we may not understand why God does what he does or the timing in which he chooses to do it, I can say that with 100% confidence that it is just our job as followers of Christ to trust his plan.