Noah was surrounded by people who wanted to dissaude and detract him from following God's call in his life. Noah acted in faith to God's call even though what he was called to do went against common sense and the "rules". Noah ran his race with the intent to win. He did not worry about public opinion. We can look at Noah's life for guidance when it seems we are the only ones walking a certain path; running an only course. We are not alone in our faith. God will always be there to guide and help through life's many storms and trials. An active and living faith can at times require actions that may seem new and uncomfortable, but the rewards are eternal.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Yes, miracles still happen
Yesterday, I loaded the girls up for a trip to Denver.
"We are going to get your tubes out today!", I told Chloe as we piled into the car.
Chloe left the hospital with two drainage tubes. No, big deal really. I think the most perplexing thing was the awkwardness. She did not want them strapped or taped to her leg but she also did not like to step on them or have someone else accidentally pull on them. We managed and they are still intact after being home for three weeks.
She was a bit scared as we drove to Denver. She was sure it was going to hurt when the nurse had to remove them. I assured her that mom would be there and it would be much better when they were gone.
The girls played in the waiting room with all the magnetics, cars and books while we awaited out turn. Chloe diligently hopped up and went to the screening room when her name was called. She has gained two pounds since coming home, has grown an inch so she gets to wear a yellow necklace at the YMCA pool now instead of red, and she offered up her right arm for a blood pressure check with no delay. This is a brave girl after all the pokes and prodes at the hospital!
We were promptly taken to the examining room to await the doctor. The girls climbed on top of the examining table and were looking out the window at all the "Big Cowboy Trucks" when our doctor came into the room. He asked a few questions, pondered my answers, asked a few more questions and then told me Chloe was doing absolutely AMAZING!
Before the operation we were given the general typical recovery times based on "normal" times from other patients recoveries. Chloe would be in the hospital for a week following the operation and it would be a long summer with a three to four month recovery at home.
Chloe's God is not "normal". As I said before, I prayed that we could somehow be used by God in this process to point others toward our Saviour.
We stayed in the hospital for three weeks. After all, how can you really get to know someone and impact them in only a week! We came home with some powerful pain medicine and the determination to make the 3-4 months go as smoothly as possible.
Chloe was off the pain medicine in less than a week. She was climbing ladders and jumping on the trampoline 10 days after coming home. Over the 4th of July she went on a hike to the waterfalls before watching the fireworks.
Our God is good all the time. All the time! Not only in the mountain top highs but in the hospital when you are undergoing your third operation to try and save a life.
Chloe is not the only "miracle" child from her orphanage. I could share more stories of these children from her orphanage.
I truly believe God has his hand on this orphanage and is working there and using these children and their stories to bring His love to this wonderful CWI in China.
Please continue to pray with my that His Name will be known there. Believe He will move mountains.
"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break." - Ancient Chinese Proverb
BAI JIA BEI
Is a tradition in Northern China to welcome and celebrate life. It is a quilt made of fabric from family and friends who donated the fabric along with wishes for the child. It is said that the luck, energy and good wishes from all of the families and friends who contributed the fabric surrounds the child when she is wrapped in the quilt. The quilt is then passed down from generation to generation.
Instead of cloth I am asking for your church prayers. I would like to gather at least a hundred churches who will pray along side Greg and I as we seek to open a door for a specific group of children in China whose options to be adopted are very minimal. If you would ask your church to pray for Chloe's friends, please send me your churches name and a Bible verse and I will make a quilt to represent our quest. The quilt will be used as a fundraiser to help bring these children home.