adelyn elizabeth fosterI haven’t been able to write very well recently (some would argue “ever”).  Not very much has been overly inspiring, and though I have tried to fabricate inspiration, I have not been able to see an attempt all the way through without wandering into tangents and pessimism … I know, its a bummer.

But this morning at about 6:45 I got a phone call passing along some news that has inspired & given me hope.

Adelyn Elizabeth Foster was born at a healthy 3.5 lbs!

Don’t be confused … Adelyn is not a kitten.  She is a real, live human!

My sister Karen & her husband Ellis got pregnant back in May … which means they were due in February.  A quick glance at the date (and Adelyn’s weight) should tell you that it is not February now.

Karen went into labor just over three months early … and scared everyone half to death.  The doctors were able to stop the labor and keep everyone healthy, but for the next 5ish weeks, Karen was confined to a hospital bed, laying on her side and getting sponge baths occasionally.

To be honest, I never quite understood what was going on.  They kept saying that they were trying to hold off for a few more days if possible, but her water hadn’t broken, etc … So I was confused.  As it would turn out, Karen’s body was just convinced that little Adelyn was done cooking, and so Karen and the doctors had to trick/fight her body into keeping her in.

The whole time we were worried … hopeful … but worried.

It seems like I’ve been talking a lot about worry over the past few months … stuff from the sermon on the mount and life situations, etc … worry has been pervasive either as a topic of conversation or a reality.

And I know that it is often more complicated than this, and that this particular situation doesn’t speak to the exact same worries, but Jesus’ words about trusting God to care for us come to mind:  

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

It is not just that we can believe that God will always relieve our suffering … sometimes God does not, and we may not ever get a good explanation for those times.  But rather, we can believe that God knows our needs and that God is good and that worry only makes things worse … not better.

You see, we were worried … but we couldn’t do anything about the situation.  Even the doctors were at the mercy of a greater force than their own knowledge and skill.  But God took care of his daughter(s).

And now everyone connected to Adelyn has been upgraded … from mom & dad to grandparents, from sister & brother to aunt & uncle, from grandmama to great grandmama, from newlyweds to new parents, and from unborn to Addie … life!

All the medicine & all the knowledge in the world can’t make life from no life.  Life is always a gift from the author of life … and an upgrade to our world.

Thanks be to God!  We love you Adelyn!

~ by Will Norman on December 2, 2008.

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