Over the course of the past few months, I realized that God has been preparing me and our family for things for a while. He knew.
God knew we should wait a while before having kids in our marriage so that we would be closer and know each other well before trying to throw in parenthood. He knew we should explore and travel, fight and make up, learn how to be a husband and a wife. He knew.
God knew when we got pregnant with Rory and thought we were going to lose her that He was preparing us for a more difficult time. We prayed that we wouldn’t have a miscarriage and He came through despite what the doctors were telling us. He knew.
God knew when I had a scary labor that He was preparing us for more scary times in the hospital. He saved me and Rory and we give Him the glory for that. He knew.
God knew through all the 13 ear infections in 4 months that Rory would need tubes. He knew she would make it through that. He was preparing us for a bigger procedure to be done with our other child. He knew.
God knew when we were so scared that Ryder’s organs weren’t developing properly at 20 weeks pregnant. He was preparing us for more extreme fear to come. He helped us to realize to give our children over to Him and trust He will take care of them. He knew he was just starting on the impact Ryder would make. He knew.
God knew when we first heard the murmur on tiny little Ryder. He knew what was to come with all of it. He prepared us and kept us close the entire time. He knew
God knew when to show me it was time to go ahead with the surgery. He prepared us to be able to make the best but hardest decision of our lives so that our little baby would not only live but thrive. He knew.
God knew that we needed an extreme peace to wash over us as we prepared for surgery. He knew we needed a HUGE community to overwhelm us with prayers. He knew.
God knew we needed to feel him wrapping his arms of comfort around us as we handed Ryder off to go into open heart surgery. He knew He needed to send people who loved us to wait with us and distract us. He knew Dr. Turner (our pastor) needed to come to provide comic relief and help the hours fly by. He knew.
God knew Ryder would go through major surgery and be healed. He knew.
God knew Ryder’s story would impact so many people. He has used her story to encourage others all over the US. He knew.
God knew that He would not only heal Ryder but miraculously heal her. She no longer struggles to eat. She no longer gets blue. She know longer has a hard time breathing. She is no longer “failure to thrive”. He knew.
God knew that at the appointment today He would blow me and the doctors away. He knew that he would make her murmur that they thought would be there the rest of her life even after surgery would be undetectable. He knew she would gain TWO pounds and make us cry with joy. He knew.
God knows the future for Ryder. God knows the future for Rory. God knows the future for Andy and I. He knows the future for you.
I am so thankful for those of you that have prayed and continue to pray for us. It isn’t all over, but we are close. God is so good. I hope that through all of this I have honored Him… its the least I can do.
I’m linking up with WLW Wednesdays (just a day late!).