Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Miracle in the making

Tonight I'm feeling very reflective. I just spent the last little while visiting a blog that has brought back a flood of memories. A young couple is sharing the birth story of their precious little micro-preemie, Gwyneth Rose, born at just 24 weeks. This adorable little "White Rose" is now 12 weeks old, but still so very tiny. While this is miraculous in itself, this true-life story has so much more depth. You see, the babies Mommy, Tricia, has Cystic Fibrosis and is currently, as I type this, in surgery receiving a double lung transplant....AND...today is her husband's birthday!! This story truly is more amazing than any novel you could ever find on your library shelves. Oh how my thoughts and prayers are with this sweet family tonight.

Viewing the incredible pictures of this wee baby has so touched my heart. You see, I was born at 25 weeks and Doctor's gave absolutely no hope for my survival. Gwyneth Rose is getting the best of care offered today for preemie babies, but back almost 46 years ago there was basically nothing that could be done. I am an identical twin, and both my sister and I weighed only a pound each at birth. The nurses held us in their hands like a pound of butter - no larger than the palms of their hands. We were each placed in an incubator and my parents were left to just watch each breath. Eyes riveted to the rise and fall of each little chest. Would another breath come? Would this be the last? My parents made 101 visits to the hospital before they were even allowed to touch one of us. People began praying for us all over the world. We became known as the "Miracle Babies". My older sister who was 18 when we were born, was rushed home from her summer job at a Christian camp so she could see her baby sisters while they were still alive. Born with undeveloped lungs, diseases, too many complications to list, the Doctor's said it would only be a short time before our lives ended. But God!

When our parents finally brought us home we had to be fed every 3 hours night and day. My Dad was working a night shift at that time, and it would take my Mom the entire 3 hours to feed us both as we were slow eaters. My parents painted the toenails on one of our feet red so she would be able to know which baby she had already fed. Many nights she wouldn't even have time to change into her night clothes, never mind get a couple of hours of sleep.

We were almost a year old before we were able to finally go outside, but because our lungs had not been used to fresh air, every time we went for a walk in our stroller we would be nauseous. It was a long, slow development, but God was so gracious. He continued to breathe life into two little girls.

A few years ago a very dear friend of mine gave birth to twin girls at 25 weeks. Her precious little daughters lived only a short while before going to the Father's arms. The passing of these girls left me questioning. Why Lord? Why did You allow these babies to die while You gave life to my sister and I? I struggled so much with the mystery of God's sovereignty. Was I living my life to the fullest? Was I fulfilling God's plan for me?

If you're reading this, know that God has a plan for your life. You are not here by mistake or chance. God is the only One who gives and takes away. Cherish each day. Live each day. Thank the Lord for every moment. And, if you feel led, would you pray for Tricia, Nate and Gwyneth Rose? Their's is a miracle story in the making. Our God is able!

9 comments:

MilePost13 said...

Thank you!

Heather said...

I am not here by mistake or by chance. I don't know if i can get out into words what that means to me right now.

I know I am seated in my Jesus' lap, and He has my heart in His hands. yet somewhere deep inside I question Him, "Did you really mean to create me? With all these faults, all these mood swings? with all these fears of never getting it right, just so, perfect?"
Talk about dealing with issues of perfection today.
I konw God has a perfect plan. I do. I beleive it deep inside. but sometimes i find myself wondering if i am included in that perfect plan. even when i am sitting in His lap wrapped in His arms.
Thank you for this post, and reminding me that life is a blessing and a gift and we need to treat it as such.
Love you,
Heather

Catherine said...

Praying, praying! The surgery was successful but sweet Tricia still has a long road ahead of her.

Kelley at Aroma of Joy said...

Joy,
Thank you for publishing this prayer request, you can count on me to pray for this family. Our God is truly a God of miracles and maybe the suffering this family is going through will be an opportunity for Him to demonstrate that! I don't understand how some are called to endure so much more pain and suffering than others but I guess that is where trust and faith in our Lord's sovereignty comes in.

What an amazing journey you have had yourself! No wonder your parents were so protective of you. Yes, you are a miracle and I am glad I get to witness you personally!!

Enjoy your day!
LOve, Kelley

Hadassah said...

I have been there. My first was a 33 week preemie, completely out of the blue, born with some complications due to blood loss. Both of us would have died if my day had been even slightly different. But God was in control, and He had so many amazing blessings in store for me when I finally worked my way out of that valley.

Your friend's story is much more dramatic than mine, for sure. I will say a prayer for them. It is hard, but God is good.

NANCY said...

Thank you for sharing your touching story. We are all truly fearfully and wonderfully made!
In Him,
Nancy

peace for the journey said...

How fragile you began. How strong you are becoming.

You have only scratched the surface of God's purpose and plans for your life. There are more breaths to take...more of this life to embrace...more of us who need to hear your story.

peace~elaine

Marilyn said...

Thanks, Joy, for sharing your birth story with us! It brought tears to my eyes. I read it yesterday but didn't have time to comment then. I was headed to my once-a-week volunteer job at a local crisis pregnancy center where I constantly try to remind the young women we see that God does indeed have a plan for not only their lives but the lives of the tiny unborn they carry in their womb.
Please keep up updated on the family you told us about.
God bless you...
Marilyn

Yolanda said...

AMEN!

I also wanted to comment on the post you left for the bible study...

Concerning recognizing God's voice, Priscilla Shirer writes, "The enemy will never ask you to step outside your comfort zone because he doesn't want you to experience the fullness of God's power. Your own ego will never ask you to do anything that many cause you embarrassment or a blow to your self-image." Great advice to help discern who's voice you're hearing.

I loved this!

Praise God for your testimony!

Lovingly,
Yolanda