2 Corinthians 12:9-10

New International Version (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Friday, June 7, 2013

In The Midst of Chaos

I got up early Monday morning, earlier than normal.  I was just getting out of the shower when I heard my husband shouting "her water broke!!"  "What?"  I replied.  That is when my husband explained that my sister-in-law, my baby brothers wife was going into labor, she wasn't due for another few weeks.   As panic began to set in,  I took a deep breath and began to focus on the task at hand.

I didn't get much sleep the night before.  My dad was having surgery that morning, at another hospital.  It was a routine out patient surgery, but with my dad's history every surgery with him is serious.  He was having a wisdom tooth removed and sinus surgery to clean out an infection that just wouldn't go away.  The problem is because of radiation damage, the tooth extraction wouldn't be easy and because of his history with cancer, no sinus surgery is routine.  By the time we got news of my sister-in-law my dad was already being wheeled off to surgery.

I called work and told them to just plan on me not coming in that day.  I then called my mom to see where I would be needed.  My mom hesitantly asked me to relieve her and stay with my dad so that she could be with my brother.  My sister-in-law parents live in another state,  so they needed my mom there.  

I knew this day would not be easy.  Before leaving the house, I dropped to my knees to pray.  I prayed for my family and that everything would go smoothly and for the strength to get through whatever came our way.

I had just gotten to the hospital when we were told that they doctors were coming to give us an update.  After waiting twenty minutes my sister called to see  where my mom was, my brother was suiting up.  The baby was breach and because her water broke they needed to do an emergency c-section.  I told my mom to go and I would give her an update as soon as I spoke to the doctors.  She hesitantly and slowly started to leave and then ran to her car.  Another 10 minutes which seemed like an eternity waiting and  the doctors finally came in.

Everything went well, the tooth extraction went smoothly and even better the sinus surgery showed NO RECURRENCE OF CANCER!!  I almost started crying I was so overwhelmed with relief.    But my relief was short lived waiting to hear about my brother and his wife.    As I got back to the waiting room I got a picture text from my sister showing my mom and brother suited up.  She made it in time, another sigh of relief.  I immediately called my mom to give her the good news before she went in.

Soon after my sister-in-law gave birth to a healthy baby girl.  Both she and baby girl are doing well.

When my dad came out of recovery he was disoriented.  When he found out that his granddaughter was born and that he missed it, he was upset.  I reassured him that he would see her soon.  He wanted to go directly to the hospital, but once he got in the car he realized that he just wouldn't be able to do it. He felt better the next day and got to see his precious granddaughter.

But my brother was supposed to work out of town that day, a few hours away.  His wife was feeling good and wasn't due for another few weeks. He didn't realize that my dads surgery was that day, when he found out he made sure he stayed in town to be close just in case.  Because of my dads surgery my brother was in town when his wife's water broke and was able to be there for the birth of his first child.  Had my dad's surgery not been scheduled on that day my brother would have been hours away and would have missed everything.

In the midst of chaos, when we cannot see clearly, God always has a plan.  Sometimes we don't fully understand why we are given such a heavy load, but there is always a reason.   God knew that baby girl would be born that day and he knew that my brother needed to be there.  God knew that my dads surgery would go well, even through we had our doubts.

Remember GOD IS GOOD, ALWAYS!!!!! Some may call all of this coincidence, but I know better.  It is times like these that strengthen my faith, because most of the time I just cannot see.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.[a]

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