by Peggy Cunningham @Inca_Writer
“I will remember the works of the Lord…” Psalm 77:11 KJV
Some of my memories are funny ones and some bring tears. Some do both, like the birth of our granddaughter. I can both cry and laugh out loud every time I think of it. After her entrance into this world, we headed home with our son-in-law. An hour later, a phone call broke the silence of the peaceful night.
Our son-in-law rushed out the door telling us to call our daughter––she would explain. We heard our daughter’s frantic voice on the other end. Kayla had stopped breathing. They had her on machines to keep her breathing and to monitor her.
Exhausted from a lost night’s sleep, my husband and I left for the hospital early the next morning. Kayla’s breathing stabilized but there was still no explanation why she couldn’t breathe on her own. I headed to our daughter’s room while my husband tried to get information about the baby at the nurses’ station. Standing at the door of my daughter’s room, I froze in my steps. What happened to her? She didn’t look like herself at all. Her face seemed changed. Her hair was the same, the room was the same, but who was the strange man sitting by her bed holding her hand?
The man sitting by her side asked in a sweet soft voice, “Can we help you?”
Oh no! This was the birthing room from the day before. This was another young mother-to-be in labor. She looked so much like my daughter, they could have been sisters. Embarrassed, yes! Relieved beyond words, yes! Apologizing over and over, yes! Funny––not at the time!
I found my daughter’s room. Our whole family had already arrived. Reluctantly, I told them about my misadventure. The entire hospital must have heard the howling coming out of that room that morning. But that wasn’t the end of their fun.
The following morning, we returned to the hospital. We first stopped at the NICU to see Kayla. As I put on the gown, I couldn’t take my eyes off our helpless incubated baby. As I sobbed, a kind nurse comforted me and explained Kayla’s condition. Grateful for this hospital and staff, we headed to my daughter’s room.
After exchanging kisses and hugs, my son-in-law flung open the curtain that separated my daughter and her new roommate. To my surprise, it was the new mother from the birthing room the day before! She smiled and said, “Hi, Mom!” Her whole family also sat behind the curtain for the big reveal. I’m sure the roar of laughter from that room on that day is one for the hospital’s records.
The next day, we were told that Kayla had been born with pneumonia, but she was on her way to a full recovery.
Seeing God provide both healing and laughter during those days is something I remember whenever I begin to doubt God. He has proved Himself and His goodness over and over in our lives. And with each difficulty and trial, He has revealed Himself a little more.
Job had that experience. Because of his faithfulness to God, he was targeted by Satan, who took everything from him. Job suffered in agony for some time. Finally, God revealed Himself to Job. And what Job learns absolutely blows him away.
“I know you can do all things,” he told God. “And that no purpose of yours can be thwarted…. I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You…” (Job 42:2, 5 NASB). In the hard, Job’s understanding of God’s goodness and power grew. God’s new revelation changed everything for him.
I’m thankful for the healing and laughter that God provided during Kayla’s first days. It is a wonderful reminder of His faithfulness that can keep me from floundering when the hard times come.
About the author: Peggy Cunningham and her husband, Chuck have been missionaries in Bolivia, South America, since 1981. In 1999, they founded Rumi Rancho Ministries. Rumi Rancho is their ministry base and home outside the city of Cochabamba where they work with the Quechua people and have a children’s ministry. Peggy is also a published author of children’s books and women’s devotionals.
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