We’ve all had a cold before. No big deal…right!? Unless you are five weeks old. This week has been a bit of a roller coaster for my wife and I and many who know us. As I write this, I am sitting at Children’s looking at my little girl hooked up with oxygen and monitoring wires. Earlier this week she was diagnosed with RSV. I have visited people who had their children in the hospital with this, but none of our children have had it. It is really quite scary.
We have been in the hospital three different times over this week. The first two times we were sent home because it was not bad enough for the doctor to admit her. We understood and did our best to follow instruction and care for her.
Earlier today, after having been up all night with her, it got worse…much worse. She was having a very difficult time breathing because of all the congestion. We decided to take her in for a third time. She was admitted to ICU and placed under good care.
Sheila and I were sitting here talking about the things that God allows into our lives. I commented how that this past Wednesday night I mentioned in my sermon that God often teaches us to pray as we go through difficult times. Even as a said that, I wondered what He would bring us through in order to learn to depend on Him in a greater way.
I simply write these thoughts to convey how good our God is while He allows us to go through valleys and leads us to greater dependance on Him.
I am reminded of this thought: I heard some time ago that anything that leads me to God is a good thing. This certainly makes sense in light of Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.“
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Twenty-six years ago this month our seven week old daughter was in the same ICU ward, in the same hospital as your daughter is today. She also had RSV. My wife and I had similar contemplations. We were visiting my parents while passing through on deputation. Today our daughter, who could hardly breath, sings with with breath and beauty that glorifies our Lord. Praying for you all. God’s got it!
Oh by the way … you met her this past August… she is looking to move back to Your neck of the woods this coming summer
In Isa. 42:5 and Acts 17:25, you may find a “rhema” to claim in prayer.
Praying for your sweet little one and for you and your wife. The LORD bless you, Ken and Vicki McTague