Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Writer's Workshop Wednesday
This week for Mama Kat's Losin It's WWW I am going to go with Prompt # 3.)
Describe one of your 'God Moments'. (inspired by Jordan from Wide Open Spaces).
One of my biggest God Moments was when I got pregnant with my 4th child. For some background, I had had very natural, no interventions, deliveries with my first 3 kids. My first 2 children had been born with midwives in out of hospital birthing centers and my 3rd child was born at home with a midwife. At the time I was also a certified childbirth educator teaching natural childbirth, a doula and a lactation consultant. I was as granola as a suburban wife in Texas in the 80's could be.
As soon as I got pregnant with my 4th child, I went to call my midwife and make my first appointment. As soon as I picked up the phone an overwhelming feeling washed over me that I was not to go to my midwife to deliver my baby but to a hospital and not our local hospital but to one farther away that had a level 4 NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). God made it very clear what I was supposed to do. As soon as I put down the phone I felt such a sense of peace that I knew that it was the direction I should go into.
Many people around me thought I had lost my mind. The other birthing instructors, douas and a couple of friends even really thought I'd lost it. When I called my family doctor and told him that he needed to get privileges at that hospital to take care of the baby, he thought I had had flipped. Not only was I going to have her in a hospital but in a very high "intervention" prone hospital. When everyone would question me The only answer that I could give was that God made it very clear to me.
When my daughter was born, she had inhaled meconium and was not able to breath. She was a very, very sick baby. She ended up spending 4 days in the NICU. Had she been born at home the doctors all agreed that she would not have lived.
This was the biggest example of a God Moment in my life but, daily I see God's hand around me. Philip Yancy once said, "I cannot control the voice of God or how it comes. I can only control my "ears"-- my readiness to listen and quickness to respond." God is at work but so many times we say that it was such a coincidence or it was luck. If I am paying attention I will see the God moments and not miss them and when I obey and go with those moments when asked to, I can have a deeper and more intimate relationship with God because I have acknowledged Him and his ability to guide me through every situation good or bad.