One Year Ago Today….

Do you ever think that?  I did recently and wanted to share it here, but now a week has passed, so it is a little more like this:

One year and eight days ago….

…. I was pregnant. Very pregnant. Uncomfortable pregnant. And it was blazing hot. The kids and I met our friends at the lake for a picnic and a  cooling swim. Pleasant conversation and hours of knitting under the big shade tree with my dearest friend were what was on the agenda. Then tragedy struck. (As an aside, you never prepare for tragedy. You don’t plan it in. Notice it wasn’t listed in the agenda sentence a moment ago.) My four year old daughter, after stripping down to bathing suit, ran to play on what she thought was a big, white rock. That big, white rock turned out to be a smoldering pile of ash leftover from a control burn earlier that week .

Fast forward a few hours later. Sitting next to my daughters hospital bed fighting back the tears and the fears. The doctors had been wonderful, but brutally honest. After stripping her legs and feet of all the burned tissue, they were grim. Third degree burns that probably needed skin grafts. Swelling that could cause her to loose toes. There was talk about developmental issues and growth problems. They put her on morphine and kept her in the hospital overnight. I was terrified, crushed, and so, so sad.

I like to play this little “One Year Ago Today Game” because, when I think back to that horrible day, that led to horrible weeks, and even a few horrible months, I am encouraged. Through it all, I wondered how it would turn out and I prayed to God everyday for strength, healing and a good outcome. And He answered my prayers. My (now) five year old girl runs, laughs and plays with only a few ugly scars on her right foot to show that she has been through any trauma at all. She barely remembers the pain, the hospital or the physical therapy (which, by the way, was the worst part).  She has already overcome her fear of fire, too, which was the thing I worried most about. One year (and eight days) later, and I can see how far God has brought us, how blessed we are and the answers to so many prayers I prayed through tears.

He kept the new baby in the womb until Beka could walk again.

He provided a way to pay for all the hospital bills.

He erased her memory of the most terrible parts.

He kept her strong and high spirited.

He healed her wounds and kept her from most of the scarring.

He is faithful.

So, what happened to you one year ago today?

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