Hey Y’all! Welcome to week one of Blog Birthday Bash! I am so excited to introduce you to some of the fabulous friends I have made this last year and share their stories with you!
Today, I would like you to meet Laura! I met this sweet girl earlier this year and what a joy she is! Grab the tissues and read Laura’s story of child birth issues and her faithfulness to God when He told her to wait. This one is going to bless your heart!
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You’re young and healthy. You’ll be fine.
I heard some variation of that over and over in the months leading up to when my son was born.
One life-threatening emergency, one quick decision, and one fortunately healthy baby later…I was not fine. My little boy had a problem with his cord that could have killed him if we hadn’t acted in time. Unfortunately, the action that was necessary to save him left me with some major health issues.
Shortly after he was born, he was taken away and I had emergency surgery for two hours. The surgery was considered to be successful, but I lived with chronic pain for 13 months.
I certainly don’t seem “fine,” I thought to myself.
At times, my physical issues made it difficult for me to take care of him. It frustrated me endlessly, and I begged God to heal me. I did not know at the time if this would be a temporary state, or if I would be like this for the rest of my life. As a 21 year old, the rest of my life seemed interminable. When my son was 13 months old, I finally reached a point where I was no longer in pain.
Those 13 months remain one of the most shaping experiences of my life. I recently read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and in it he notes, “I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” I hope to be that way myself.
Today I’d like to share with you a few things that God taught me during my season of waiting.
We are called to praise God and follow Him in ALL things.
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” – Philippians 4:4 KJV
The Bible says to rejoice ALWAYS, not just when things are easy. That’s hard for most of us! When was the last time you heard someone talk about how grateful they are that their child had a near death experience?
I still wish that things could have been different, but I’m glad for certain aspects of the situation too. I’m thankful for fetal monitoring, because without it we wouldn’t have known that my baby was having a problem. I’m thankful for hospitals and good doctors, who were able to provide the specialized care that I needed. I’m glad I was in the hospital in the first place, since I was low-risk and we had no idea that we were going to end up in a crisis.
There is more to the story than we can know.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11 ESV
To be honest, I don’t know exactly why I had to deal with the medical problems that I did. Sometimes we learn more about why things happened later in life, but other situations won’t be explained this side of eternity. I have to trust though that God has a plan, and He is still at work.
Sometimes God says no, and sometimes He says wait.
We talk a lot about when God says yes to our prayers, as is right and good. However, we do Christianity a disservice when we ignore the fact that God doesn’t always give us what we want. Sometimes He says no, and sometimes He says wait. Those answers don’t mean that He hasn’t heard us, or that He’s ignoring us.
God never leaves us or forsakes us, and He walks with us always.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:2 ESV
Laura writes about faith, homemaking, and motherhood at homemakingforhisglory.com. She loves good books, conversations with friends, and sweet tea, though she tries to not to indulge in the latter too often!
Blog link: homemakingforhisglory.com