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Posted on: 7-15-112014

Thirteen days ago God blessed our family with its newest addition…a beautiful baby boy named Jonathan Michael, now lovingly known as Jon Michael!  We have anxiously been awaiting his arrival for several months and couldn’t wait to get our hands on this precious gift from above. We were more than ready to shower this bundle of joy with hugs and kisses and to celebrate his birth with all of his family and friends.  However, the plans we had were apparently not the plans that God had for that day!  When Jon Michael was born, his little lungs were filled with fluid and he had to be rushed to the NICU.  He was hooked up to all kinds of machines and we were left with questions, fears, and disappointment…and no baby!  My heart broke for his sweet parents because they barely got to look at him before he was whisked away from them.  All of their expectations were shattered in just a few moments.  No matter how many questions they asked, the doctors had no answers.  No one could tell them the words they longed to here…the words saying that everything would be okay and their little boy would be perfectly fine.  No one could tell them that they would wake up the next day and this would all be gone away.  As I sat in the hospital room that night with my arms around this new mom, I desperately wanted to tell her that he would be okay, but the truth was, I didn’t know what the future held for this family.  None of us knew what the future held.  However, the one thing I could hold on to was that we knew the One who held the future in His hands.  I didn’t know what His plan was or why He was carrying it out in this manner, but I knew that He had a purpose in every single detail of these events.  I knew that He loved this precious little boy more than we did and His plans for him were perfect…whether he lived only a few hours, a day, a month, a year, or 100 years.  I am so grateful to report that Jon Michael made a full recovery and is now home with his family.  He is growing bigger and stronger each day and is right on track.  To look at him now, you would never know he gave us such a scare on the day he was born.  Yesterday, I got to spend some time with him and help his parents do his handprints and footprints for some keepsakes they have for him.  As I looked at each little line in his hands and feet, I was in awe of the God who created him and who knows every single thing about him…from his fingerprints to the number of hairs on his head to the number of breaths he will take in his lifetime…and everything in between! We may not know what his future holds, but we will definitely teach him about the One who holds his future in His hands.

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

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