God’s Timing is perfect?
December is always a busy month for us just as it is for you. We had a very full calendar of events and we usually end up with a lot of last minute Christmas shopping to do. This year was no exception and I was making my usual comments like: “Next year I am having all this done by October!” Yeah, right. (I usually poke fun at people who have all their Christmas shopping completed so early and console myself with the thought that you can’t be in the Christmas mood in October.)
Trey Elijah Thompson didn’t wait another week. He was born December 18th, weighing in at 6.5 pounds and 21 inches long.
By mid-December I was relieved to have most major events out of the way with the exception of a staff kids party, a birthday party for our daughter, two anniversaries to celebrate and a Christmas wedding to attend! I was thrilled on December 15th that we could now concentrate on getting our shopping started and hopefully completed in a couple of days…and then we got the phone call. “Hey, this is Ryan. We are at the hospital and here’s what is going on.” What? It can’t be! Tiffany wasn’t due for another five weeks, January 27th to be exact.
“Once a mother, always a mother” is a true statement, and when your daughter is in the hospital five weeks before her due date, your mind plays all kinds of tricks on you and your nerves go on edge! All three of our children have now experienced trauma with the birth of at least one of their children. The first was Tabitha with her eldest son Riley. This ended up as a six-week ordeal and a hospital stay that we certainly did not expect. The hospital was a good 17 miles one way and I went every day with the exception of one during that time. The second trauma came at the birth of Landon to our son, Tim, and his wife Rebecca. He wasn’t born premature but there were complications at birth which turned into several months of recovery time for Rebecca. This time it was Tiffany’s turn! With this being their fourth child we assumed it would be a “piece of cake.” Wrong!
After several consultations with doctors it was decided to try and hold off delivery for at least another week. With Christmas just days away it was difficult to just wait and trust, although, that is exactly what God wants us to do. His timing is perfect, or so I tell everyone else! Once you are handed “the news” you take a deep breath, and pray that God will give you wisdom and strength during the difficult situation, and that He will work all things to His glory. I can honestly say that is exactly what happened.
Trey Elijah Thompson didn’t wait another week. He was born December 18th, weighing in at 6.5 pounds and 21 inches long. He was a very healthy premature baby! After the usual battery of tests, and some time under the bilirubin lights, both Tiffany and Trey were discharged on December 20th, FIVE days before Christmas! We did get our shopping done and we certainly did enjoy Christmas dinner with our family at our house on Christmas Day. Looking back we can’t imagine Christmas without having the new addition to our family. Tiffany was able to enjoy the holidays with her children and even take a couple of rides to look at Christmas lights! Trey is already weighing in at about 12 pounds and is growing like a weed! We have made mention several times in the last six weeks that he wasn’t even due yet!! He was our Christmas miracle.
What did I learn from this? I learned that God’s timing is perfect and that I can ALWAYS trust Him to do what is good and perfect in my life and in the lives of my children.
Did you have a Christmas miracle? Yes, we all did. It was the miracle of the birth of Jesus, God’s son, and the Savior of the world! It is my prayer that this year of 2012 will find you drawing closer to Him every day.
Happy New Year !