December 13th, 1997
This was probably the scariest day for my parents. My mom was 7 months pregnant with me when the time arrived to give birth. It was way too early for me to be born and this endangered the life of my mom and mine.
I came to this world 2 months earlier, without breathing, weighing 2.7 pounds, and measuring 52 cm. If you thought that was bad, think again. My problems had just started, I had no breathing reflex, jaundice, asthma, an inguinal hernia, acid reflux, and I was at risk of a respiratory infection. I spent 10 days in the ICU where I had a feeding tube.
Because of all of these complications I had a lot of blood tests and all the medicine was administered through an IV; due to the constant injections and tests my body was punctured everywhere and my veins collapsed. I’m told my body couldn’t handle any other injection and there was no place in my body to put an IV, so the last alternative was to use a vein in my head. I was left with a small indent in my head, that is the only physical evidence of what happened.
God by My Side
I cannot imagine how worried my family felt at the time. My grandma told me that they used to visit day after day to see what was my condition. Many didn’t think I would make it. The adversity was greater each day, and all my family could do was pray. They prayed every single day for my life, so that God would heal me. I was on the verge of death and the only thing determining whether I’d lived or die was a step. What was going to happen next? Was I going to die before I even lived or would I have a long life. The problems were plenty, but my parents never gave up. They would stand by the incubator and tell me stories from the Bible, hoping for the day where God would use me the way He used the heroes in the Bible. I would like to think that by hearing these stories I would imagine what life could be like after fighting my current adversities. I’m sure God fought the good battle for me and it was because of him that today I’m alive and well.
The story of how and under what circumstances I was born, is not just a story but a life lesson I learned from. We all go through tough situations. You might be struggling with your health, finances, or emotional problems; so today I want you to know that there is always a solution, if it’s God’s will. God has mysterious ways and a purpose for whatever you are going through. Whether it’s good or bad, have faith that God will show you the way and how all fits into the bigger picture. The same way God helped me and my family, He can help you with your problems. In the end, you will be able to say “Thus far the Lord has helped us” 1 Samuel 7:12.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1