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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5 thoughts on “One Year Ago Today….

  1. “what happened to you one year ago today?”

    It was very, very hot,unseasonably so,I was facing foreclosure on my home and wondering where my family and I were going to be living…

  2. Such an awesome testimony of our amazing and over faithful Lord!

    One year ago today, I was probably planning how to make my first ‘abnormal’ birthday cake! Ethan wanted a guitar shaped cake and so yours truly did it, with minimal complaints :o) It turned out very nice…..and yummy.

  3. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. So happy your prayers were answered.

    A year ago today, I was helping my mother care for my dieing father while family was coming from all over the US to visit him here in my home. What a journey!

    Wonder where we will be a year from now…

  4. I read this yesterday, and can only now come to comment. God’s faithfulness is truly amazing.

    One year ago today…..I was contemplating moving (again) and beginning my clinicals with an experienced midwife. On May 30 last year, I attended the birth of a very special little girl who had a long journey ahead of her in & out of the hospital. I have maintained a friendship with her family, and have been there for some of her surguries/visits. ANd, we got to see her a few weeks ago.

  5. Wow. What a wonderful testimony to God’s faithfulness!

    My year ago was not so exciting or tragic… I was waiting and waiting (rather impatiently) for the day to come that we would leave on our trip to South Carolina for my secondborn’s graduation from Basic Training. This year, I await my trip to meet him when he comes back from being deployed!

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