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Thankful
by Jenny on November 13th, 2015

"Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others He has redeemed you . . ." Psalm 107:2

Yesterday became one of those days. A day when life happens . . . without advanced notice. I am reminded I am not in control. My say in how life happens is limited. The only constant in life is His presence. And when we learn to depend on His ever-abiding presence, we find all we need for the journey.

9:00AM - I hear a spine-chilling thud from the other room. Then crying. Then feet running from the scene of the accident. I run into the room, scoop up the six-month-old baby off of the tile floor. Scared. Thankful he is crying and moving and not bleeding. But then he grows still.

10:00AM - We arrive at the pediatricians office. All plans, including the daughter's birthday celebrations, cancelled for the day. We wait, but thankfully, not long. Schedules clear when an infant with a head injury awaits. The doctor evaluates. No alarming finds except the height of the fall and a sensitive spot on the back of the head. We are sent for x-rays.

11:00AM - We wait. Baby grows hungry, a good sign. Baby nurses, falls asleep. Trusting, praying, submitting to the Father's will. X-ray machine breaks. We walk to another building. Following an older couple who can barely walk the distance. The old, the oh, so very young. Both in need of answers. Thankful for medical science.

12:00PM - Driving home. X-rays traumatic for baby but surely just a precaution. Expecting to find nothing. Hands-free phone rings. How do I answer that thing again? Husband says the doctor called. Baby's skull is fractured. Bewildered. Thankful for time to pack a hospital bag.

1:00PM - Fear. Sadness. I need to tell friends. Fool with the hands-free phone again. No one is home. Call the church. Oh, the church. The place where people stand in the gap when you feel too weak, too scared, unable to stand alone. The call goes out. Help pours in. Help in abundance. Overflowing offers for help. Thankful. And the throne of grace gets bombarded with petitions.

2:00PM - In the pediatric ER. Baby wants to be held. Tests coming. Mentions of brain bleeds. Flashbacks of the days with our twins. Alysa's brain bleed, which occurred in the womb and ultimately led to her death. More praying, more trusting, more yielding to the Father. Comfort and support arrives in the form of a pastor, the pastor who first offered to stay with kids so husband could be at the hospital. But husband must stay with children who are scared, with the other child involved in the fall. Thankful for the demonstration of care and concern by presence. Uncertainly awaits.

3:00PM - Another traumatizing test. More baby screams. Another good sign. Results are in. No bleed. NO BLEED. A skull fracture behind the left ear but no bleeding in his precious brain. PRAISE rises up. Mama jumps a leap of joy and gratitude. Why no bleed? Because God is good. God is always good, even when the news is not. But this time, God spared the suffering. Why this time and not before? Why this time but not the next? Why this family but not the one next door? Only the sovereign One knows. Thankful He knows. Thankful He is good.

4:00PM - Move to pediatric ICU. More watching. More waiting. Baby so fidgety. Restless. Wants to be held. Me too. Thankful he is young. Will not remember. Unlike the child next door, screaming, crying. He wants to be left alone but not truly alone. Praying for the family next door, for the child, for the healing. Praying for the family who will occupy our room next. For their comfort, for their healing.

5:00PM - Husband and siblings arrive. Deer-in-the-headlights look on their faces. Why the tubes and wires,Mommy? What do those numbers mean? Will he be okay? Are you sure? Yes, child, the Father is in control and He is always good. Husband looks weary. Concern for son. Compassion for tired wife. Wanting to fix it but has to sit back and trust and wait. Wants to stay and help but must take the children home.

6:00PM - More good news. No need for a hospital bag. Baby asymptomatic. Discharge on the horizon. Praise rises again!

7:00PM - Baby finally falls asleep. Mama eats, sits still. Prays. Reflects on His presence, on His provision, on His goodness, on His faithfulness. In walks a friend from childhood. Not to visit, but to assume care for baby. Joy. Reminiscing. Another provision from the Father. Thankful.

8:00PM - Husband returns. Discharge papers signed. Leave with baby strapped to mamas chest. Comfort from the parent. Comfort from The Parent. Place baby in the carseat. Familiar smells, recognizable surroundings. Thankful to be heading home.

9:00PM - Feed baby from the comfort of our usual place. Swaddle baby, place baby in his own crib. Ready to put the day to bed. Gone but not forgotten. Thankful for His presence and His sheer, ever-abiding protection over our son. Grateful for all He has done.


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6 Comments

Annette - November 13th, 2015 at 9:40 AM
Oh Jenny! I am so happy that the baby is fine. Thanks to our great Father in heaven. I can't even imagine the fear in your heart. Love you!
Sharon - November 13th, 2015 at 1:15 PM
Awesome as usual, Lord!
Jeanne - November 13th, 2015 at 5:46 PM
God is good
Mark - November 13th, 2015 at 7:37 PM
Wow...Like I said...Jen, you are Mother of the Year...So blessed that you shared this...
Billie Holloway Horsam - November 14th, 2015 at 2:03 AM
I couldn't sleep tonight. Opened Facebook to find you link. So precious to see your heart, not just for your earthly family but your trust in your heavenly Father. I love you sister. So happy I had a moment in your life so many years ago!

Warner and joyce Morrow - November 21st, 2015 at 8:29 PM
Jenny and Lex .Haven't read a post in a very Long time . But I see a Couple walking by faith . raising Children is I believe the very Heart Beat of the father God. and as you wrap your family in His love .He wraps you in His Love .Your testimony is wonderful and uplifting as always . Thank you for sharing .Sincerely in Christ Love From Warner and Joyce.
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